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Ash Wednesday – March 6

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6.  The Divine Service is at 7pm.  Lauds is prayed at 9:30am, and Vespers at 4:30pm.

On Ash Wednesday, the pastor places ashes upon the forehead in the sign of the cross, reciting the words of Genesis 3: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  Ashes signify the mortality of mankind due to sin.  The lessons are Joel 2.12-19, 2 Peter 1.2-11, and St. Matthew 6.1-6, 16-21.

Lent is a 40-day season focusing on:

  • the Passion of Jesus Christ;
  • penitential reflection; and
  • catechesis.

The Ash Wednesday Gospel directs us to the disciplines of Lent:

  • increased prayer;
  • increased fasting; and
  • increased almsgiving.

Join us for the Ash Wednesday Divine Service on March 6 at 7pm.  Each of the following Wednesdays we will pray Vespers at 7pm with the sermon series “Lent with the Lord’s Commands.”

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