Ash Wednesday Services

Wednesday, February 26

6:00 PM-Family Service, Chapel

7:00 PM-Traditional Service, Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.  The name “Ash Wednesday” was given by Pope Urban II in 1099.  Prior to this, the first day of Lent was known as “Beginning of the Fast.”  This day was set aside as a special day of  repentance and as the opening of a season of repentance.  “Ash” symbolized the repentance that was called for.  Priests had the custom of sprinkling ashes on the heads of the faithful as they said, “Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.”  The ashes came from the burned palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday.  To this day members of many Christian denominations receive a sign of the cross on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday.