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Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday information
Sealy Christian Food Pantry Pancake Supper and Sing-a-Long
Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 5:30pm
402 Atchison Street
Service of Ashes: Wednesday at 6:30 pm
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During our Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins. It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service. The ash is mixed with an anointing oil and the sign of the cross is marked on the forehead as an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.