Please consider keeping ‘a holy Lent’ and join us on Ash Wednesday. We will have services at Noon and 7pm. Childcare will be provided at both services.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches that we also 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”.
According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus 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, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent. It occurs 46 days before Easter (40 fasting days and 6 Sundays which are non-fasting days).