Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

There will be three regional services on Wednesday.  The evening service will be held at Mt. Olivet.

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar.

Christians who observe Lent use it as a time for prayer and penance. By observing Lent, Christians are remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who withdrew into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days before his crucifixion.

Traditionally, pancakes are eaten on the day before Ash Wednesday to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting season of Lent begins.

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 16. The English word Lent is a shortened form of the Old English word 'lenten', meaning 'spring'.

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