Ash Wednesday, the first of the forty days of Lent, was named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross.
Historically, the ashes are prepared from the blessed palm fonds used during the Palm Sunday of the prior year as a way to point toward the Gospel message of the upcoming Easter. The ashes are mixed with oil and placed with the sign of the cross on the foreheads of the service participants and the words “From dust you have come and to dust you will return” are shared with each person.”
Services will be at noon and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 in the nave.