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Ash Wednesday Prayer, Meditation and Music

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Prayer Stations & Active Meditation
Wednesday, March 5th 7:00-8:00pm


Come join us for an interactive night of prayer – not at all like your grandma would have done.  We’ll be praying with and around stations, according to your own rhythm and ending with a public renouncement of the evils and sins that enslave our urban city.  [It sounds scary and weirder than it actually is :)]

What is Ash Wednesday?


Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable fast  in that the date for Easter is determined by the Jewish Calendar (which is lunar as opposed to solar).  The notion of 40 days comes from the gospel retelling of Jesus spending 40 days fasting in the desert.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer & fasting.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.  This symbolism comes from many Biblical passages, including the one we’ll listen to tonight.  The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

Here are some photos from our prayer stations last year.
Ash Wednesday Prayer Stations 1
Ash Wednseday Prayer Station 2

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This entry was posted on February 28, 2014 by in Celebrate, Worship.
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