Date(s) - Wed, 03/06/2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day that has been honored by Christians for well over ten centuries, falling at the beginning of Lent, a six-week season of preparation for Easter. In the earliest centuries, Christians who had been identified in persistent sin had ashes sprinkled on their bodies as a sign of repentance, even as Job repented “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). Around the tenth century, all believers began to signify their need for repentance by having ashes placed on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Ash Wednesday is a day for serious reflection on our frailty and mortality, but ultimately it is not a depressing holy day; the sign of the cross is a sign of hope in God’s salvation and triumph over death on Good Friday and Easter.