The first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on February 14th this year.
Everyone is encouraged to join us for the stark and deeply moving Ash Wednesday services, offered at both 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM. In preparation for Ash Wednesday services, parishioners return their Palm Cross, kept since the Palm Sunday service last year. Those Palm Crosses are burned to make the ash for our Ash Wednesday service this year. In the Old Testament, ashes are a symbol of sorrow for sin, and of repentance. In our service, Christopher will use the ash to make the sign of the cross on each penitent’s forehead. This signing is accompanied by the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Ash Wednesday reminds us that all external forms are passing away and encourages us not to cling to the external things of life.
The season of Lent begins each year on Ash Wednesday and consists of the 40 days leading to Easter. Sundays are always excluded from this count as these are always days on which we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus.