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Mark the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13

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The Season of Lent begins

Wednesday, February 13: Ash Wednesday

Lent is a six week long season of preparation for the coming of our highest celebration and feast of the year: Easter.

Historically this was a time when the unbaptized learned the teachings of the Christian faith and practice and worship in preparation of being received into the Church on the eve of Easter day.  Christians today are invited to use the season of Lent as a special time for increased prayer, Bible study, self denial and fasting, in order to cleanse, prepare and focus on the coming of Holy Week leading up to Easter Day when fasts are broken, sweets are once again tasted and Alleluias ring out the fulfillment of Christ’s love for us through his resurrection return.

To mark the start of this season, Christians attend services and receive the mark of ashes (made from burned palm fronds) on their foreheads to reflect that their Lenten practice has begun.

Services will be offered at Episcopal Churches around the Village morning noon and evening.

 Mary Cat Young will participate in the noon service at Church of the Ascension. (10th Street and 5th Avenue)

Short on Time?

 Ashes-to-go will be available from Chaplain Mary Cat at the Center for Spiritual Life 5 – 9 p.m. and will be administered as part of the Night Prayer service at 9 p.m.

 Mark your calendar, and mark the beginning of the season of Lent.

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