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Ash Wednesday

March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday, in the calendar of Western Christianity, is the first day of Lent, which is observed from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday exclusive of the Mass of the Lord's Supper. It is a movable date [always Wednesday] of ritual observance, dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. In 2017, Ash Wednesday is March 1st.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this forty day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.

This practice is common in much of Christendom, being celebrated by Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, and some Baptist denominations.

Mass & Service Schedules on Ash Wednesday - March 1, 2017

Time
Religious Service
Place
8:00 am - 8:25 am
"Ashes to Go"
The Catholic Center
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ecumenical Service & Ashes
Hendricks Chapel
4:00 pm - 4:25 pm
"Ashes to Go"
Hendricks Chapel
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Mass & Ashes
Hendricks Chapel
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mass & Ashes
The Catholic Center


The Catholic Center is located at 110 Walnut Place, 315-443-2600