Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the start of the Lenten season, normally observed as 40 days of prayer, fasting, and repentance in the days before Easter. In Ash Wednesday services, participants receive a blessing of ashes on their foreheads as a reminder of our mortality. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Genesis 3:19)”

The ashes are prepared by burning the palm fronds used during the prior year’s Palm Sunday celebration. They represent death and repentance, a reminder that we are human.

 More recently when one receives ashes, you hear “Turn away from sin and live the Gospel.”

We encourage you to take a few minutes a day to pause, reflect, and pray throughout the season of Lent. These moments to reflect on your life and recommitting to your faith are a great way to prepare for Easter. 

Merciful God,

look upon us as we enter these Forty Days,

bearing the mark of ashes,

and bless our journey through the desert of Lent.

May our fasting be a hunger for justice;

our alms, a making of peace;

our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts.

All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus,

for in his cross you proclaim your love

forever and ever. 


Wishing a peaceful and prayerful Lenten Season!