Feb. 18: Ash Wednesday in this Sacred Space

  • Ashes, Anointing, & Healing Prayers10:30 a.m. Weekly St. Cyprian’s Healing service with imposition of ashes and communion.
  • Ashes on Demand Noon to 6 p.m.  Clouds of incense hanging in the air, ancient Gregorian chants echoing through a space made sacred by generations of prayer, ample time to mediate or pray, and ashes available at any time between 1 and 6 p.m. on Ash Wednesday.  You can just sit quietly in our church while the chant plays in the background on the  first day of Lent in Western Christianity. Or you can slip in for ashes and move on about your day. According to the canonical gospels of MatthewMark and LukeJesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate. Accordingly, we fast from Monday to Saturday (6 days) during 6 weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (4 days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.
  • Ash Wednesday Service7:30 p.m. A night to explore and remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. Music by the DMV choir. Info: Susan •


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