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Welcome to the season of Lenten discipline!
It begins on Ash Wednesday Feb 26, 2020
Ash Wednesday — officially known as the Day of Ashes. The ashes in the shape of a cross on a worshiper's forehead is meant to show that a person belongs to Jesus Christ and marks the beginning of the Lenten discipline, which is a time of prayer in
repentance and preparation for Easter.
It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of prayer in repentance and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappropriate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting is highly inappropriate.
The visual of ashes on the foreheads or hands of children bears explanation. The prayers and stories found in Genesis 2:4-9, Genesis 3, Jonah 3:6-9 can serve as excellent examples of what it means to repent, to have a change of heart, to spend more intentional time with God for the forty-day Season of Lent.
It is not required that a person wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after worship. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening.
Some pastors distribute ashes to passersby (in drive by fashion) in public places. We practice receiving ashes within the context of public worship with reading of the scriptures and prayers.
I also plan to deliver ashes to those who are sick or shut-in as well.