Ash Wednesday - February 14th

By: kcynar

02/07/18 07:24 PM
Category: General

7:00 AM -12:00 noon imposition of ashes

7:30 PM - Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes


Ash Wednesday - February 14th

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days) before Easter and can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, and some Baptists.

 According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

 

7:00 AM -12:00 noon imposition of ashes   

7:30 PM - Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes