Date(s) - 02/14/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the forty days that precede Holy Week and Easter. In the scriptures, the number forty relates to the period Noah spent in the Ark, the period Israel spent seeking the Promised Land after the Exodus, and the amount of time Jesus was in the Wilderness after his baptism and prior to beginning his ministry. For us, the Season of Lent is an invitation to forty days of renewal (“Lent” means “spring”), forty days to prepare ourselves to take in the Good News of Easter through deeper disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Ashes are the traditional sign of sorrow and repentance and are also a sign of mortality. Receiving communion reminds us that God’s love is triumphant over sin and death, and that God remains “in communion” with us: in Christ, our mortality is overcome.