An Invitation to Journey

19 02 2007

Wednesday is the first day of Lent. We are looking forward to beginning our Lenten journey with you. Hopefully like us you will find an Anglican or Roman Catholic church that holds an Ash Wednesday service. This is a time for penitence and acknowledgement of our sins. Be prepared for the fact that during the service you will be marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes. as a sign of penitence and mortality. As the minister or priest marks each worshipper they will say “remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return”, or a similar phrase based on God’s sentence on Adam in Genesis 3:19. At some churches worshippers leave with the mark still on their forehead so that they carry the sign of the cross out into the world. At others the service ends with the ashes being washed off as a sign that the participants have been cleansed of their sins.

 

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21 02 2007
Family from NJ

Thank you for developing this guide for Lent. My wife and I have decided to accept some of your challenges. Today we attended our first Ash Wednesday service at a local Episcopal church. My wife and I are both interested in experiencing new spiritual disciplines and thought this would be an excellent opportunity to stretch our spiritual experience. Today’s service set a joyful and meaningful tone for what we hope will be a valuable journey.

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