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As we leave the feast of Shrove Tuesday behind, now is the time to begin a season of fasting and repentance with the observance of Ash Wednesday on March 1st.
at the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station, 7:30 AM
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
at St. Thomas at 12:15 PM and 7:00 PM
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is traditionally marked as the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of time (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This is a time many Christians set aside to remember Christ’s life during His 40 days of fasting in the desert. The period from Ash Wednesday to Easter excluding Sundays mirrors these forty days that are segmented by six Sundays, considered celebration days where we gather as a faith community to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.
According to Wikipedia, Ash Wednesday ritual is described this way:
“Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, more often, by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross.
The words used traditionally to accompany this gesture are:
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – (Based on Genesis 3:19)
In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula was introduced and given first place:
Repent, and believe in the Gospel. – (Mark 1:15)”
These acts of observance are designed to guide us on our spiritual journeys to draw us closer as a faith community to Jesus Christ, whom we place our faith.
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Slide show image of Fort Point, San Francisco by Kristin Munday.