“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.” – from The Book of Common Prayer
February 13th will be Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is the season of preparation before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. During Lent, we follow Jesus into his suffering. Lent is a time for stripping down to essentials, as Israel and Jesus did in the desert, so that we can then walk more fully in the newness of life experienced in the Resurrection. So we encourage you to think about giving something up for Lent, or to take up some new and good activity during the season – so that we all might together be shaped more into the image of Christ.
Once again, we are participating in a joint Ash Wednesday liturgy with our friends from Vox Veniae on February 13th at 7:00 pm, at Space12. We’ll mainly follow the Ash Wednesday liturgy found in the Book of Common Prayer, but we’ll also sing together, and spend times in silence. The liturgy should last about 45 minutes. As always, children are welcome to this special time together, but childcare will not be provided.
So we hope you join us on Ash Wednesday – the day that we begin our journey towards the cross and resurrection, a path that slowly and intentionally leads us through the desert of reflection, confession, and repentance. God’s grace and peace upon you, upon our community, and upon the church worldwide as we enter into this sacred season.
[photo by Melanie_S @ Flickr]