Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Noon - Imposition of the Ashes Service
7:00 PM - Imposition of the Ashes Service
5:45 - Pastor Chris will be burning the ashes for the evening's service. Bring the kids to learn about the significance of the ashes
Burning of the Ashes:
During the burning of the ashes, all children are invited to learn more about why we burn the palms, and what it stands for. these ashes will be used during the Imposition of the Ashes Service.
Imposition of the Ashes Service:
Come and receive the sign of the cross on your forehead and begin your time of reflection and penance.
Bracken United Methodist Church
20377 FM 2252
San Antonio, TX 78266
Ever seen a little smudge mark on someone’s forehead as they walk out of church? That’s a sign of the cross and it means it’s Ash Wednesday during Lent.
The first day of Lent. It marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes was traditionally a sign of one's sorrow for having committed sins. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of preparation for the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ. The particular symbolism of ashes for this day comes from a practice in the Roman Catholic churches in which the ashes from the palms used in the preceding year's Palm Sunday celebration are blessed. With these ashes, the priest on the first day of Lent marks a cross on the forehead of each worshiper.
Lent & Easter FAQs
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Why ashes on Ash Wednesday?