Ash Wednesday 2019
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter (excluding Sundays) when Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of reflection, repentance, and spiritual discipline. It is traditional to use burned ashes from the palm branches of the previous Palm Sunday for this service. Ash Wednesday focuses on two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The ashes signify purification and sorrow for our sins. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance.
Celebrate Ash Wednesday with services at 12:15 and 7 p.m. on March 6.