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An ELCA Church serving the Augusta, Georgia area

Ash Wednesday-March 1

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Church of the Resurrection will hold its Ash Wednesday services at 12:10 and 7PM, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

 

The service included the tradition of Imposition of Ashes in the sign of the cross on a worshiper’s forehead.

The use of ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice. Ashes symbolize several aspects of our human experience. First, ashes remind us of God’s condemnation of sin.  Second, ashes suggest cleansing and renewal. Third, ashes remind us of the shortness of human life, as we say at the time of burial of the dead, “We commit his/her body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Finally, ashes are a symbol of repentance.
The mood of the Ash Wednesday Liturgy is penitence and reflection of the quality of one’s faith and life. Its goal is to enlist full participation in the Lenten Discipline which, by its focus on the mystery of our redemption, strengthens us by bringing us anew the gift of our Baptism into Christ.

These services start our observation of Lent, with Lenten services held each week until Holy Week.