Ash Wednesday 2018
What is Lent? What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter (not including Sundays). Lent is a season of reflection, repentance, and fasting that prepares us for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christians, for centuries, have celebrated these 40 days leading up to Easter as a way of remembering the 40 days that Jesus fasted in the wilderness prior to beginning His ministry. During this season, we focus on the battle Christ fought against sin and Satan in order to win our salvation.
Why do we wear ashes?
In Old Testament times, people marked seasons of fasting, prayer, repentance, and remorse by placing ashes on their heads (2 Samuel 13:19, Esther 4:1-3, Job 42:6, Jeremiah 6:26, Jonah 3:6). Throughout time, Christians adopted this practice by rubbing the ashes onto their foreheads in the shape of a cross. The ashes remind us of our mortality and of the remorse we should feel for our sins, which lead us to repentance during this season of Lent.
Join us at Faithbridge for a short, yet meaningful, service on Ash Wednesday, to mark the beginning of the Lenten season for you. We’ll talk about the significance of Lent and close the 30-minute service with a traditional imposition of ashes.