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An ELCA Church serving the Augusta, Georgia area

Ash Wednesday

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Church of the Resurrection held  Ash Wednesday services at 12:10 and 7PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Pastor Paulwyn Boliek conducted the services.

 

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

Pastor Boliek delivers the sermon at the 7PM service.

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.