Join us on Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm for a special Ash Wednesday service.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Traditionally, the Christian Church has observed the seven weeks before Easter as a time of penitence and spiritual self-examination. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, derives its name from the unused palm branches of the previous year. Ashes historically have had a dual significance. First they are Old Testament symbols of sadness and humility. Job, in midst of all his trouble cried out to God from the ash heap. The second symbolic meaning of ashes is a reminder of our mortality. Each of us faces the inevitability of physical death. Our bodies and material possessions eventually will turn to dust and ashes. This is a reminder that we dare not trust in things that crumble. But Lent does not leave us on the ash heap. It begins with Ash Wednesday, but ends with Easter. And Easter proclaims that through Christ, God resurrects us from our dust and ashes, makes us new creatures, and brings life out of death!
“You are Dust and to Dust You will Return” this ancient formula will be heard by Christians all over the world this Lenten Season.