Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of spiritual reflection. We gather together to contemplate two realities: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. This solemn services helps us remember that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During Ash Wednesday services, you may receive the sign of the cross with ashes onto the forehead. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.
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