Posted on Wed, Mar 2, 2011
Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion
In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During Ash Wednesday services, the priest will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The Church has been observing this day of fasting and penitence since around 960 A.D. and, although Holy Scripture does not specifically mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21.
We hope you will join us for this beautiful and moving service on March 9th at 7:00 p.m.
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