Ash Wednesday

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, March 6 marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the Saturday before Easter). Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, which means, “spring”. The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. Somber colors such as purple or ash gray and rough-textured cloth are used in the materials for Lenten liturgical art. (Excerpted from the United Methodist Book of Worship.)

 Our Ash Wednesday service will begin at 7:00 p.m. on March 6 in the Chapel. The Ash Wednesday service will include action and reflection stations designed to assist worshippers in preparing for their Lenten journey-a wonderful way to engage our senses. During the service we will sing Lenten hymns, ,reflect on the scripture for the day and those who would like may receive the imposition of ashes. The ashes are a sign of our mortality and a way for worshippers to participate in the call to repentance and reconciliation, which is a Lenten focus. The Faith Choir will sing. Childcare will be provided. School age children will enjoy being a part of the service.

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