Ash Wednesday – Why Ashes?

lenten_ashesThis Wednesday we will have a special chapel in observance of Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday may have become the better known so-called holidays of this season but Ash Wednesday is the day to which they point.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season that ends in Good Friday and Easter which is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who is both God and man.  Lent is sometimes observed by giving up a favorite item or practice or food to mark the season.  So in order to “live it up” beforehand people began having huge festivals of indulgence (Mardi Gras).

In this service students will receive a sign of the cross on their foreheads made with ashes from palm branches and olive oil.  Please see my article on the “recipe for ashes” for more information.  Ashes remind us of our repentance that comes through Christ, it reminds us that we are mortal and that Christ gives us new life.  The students have done very well is past years of being respectful and observant. 

One preschooler shared after the service last year while pointing at her cross and smiling, “God died for my sins.”  That says volumes to the message they heard and experienced that day.

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