Ash Wednesday is known in the Christian culture to be the first day of Lent and is 46 days before Easter Sunday. Adherents of Lent use ashes to put a cross on their forehead "as a sign of mourning and repentance to God," according to Wikipedia.
Special Ash Wednesday services are offered tonight at various churches in our area:
Where: St. Paul United Methodist Church: 244 Kurtz Rd, NE.
When: 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Where: Holy Family Catholic Church: 3401 Lower Roswell Road.
When: 9 a.m.; 5 p.m.: 7 p.m.; 8 p.m. (Ash distribution at all masses).
Where: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
When: Soup and Sandwich supper 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.; Service 7:30 p.m.
Where: Light of Christ: 1275 Kennestone Circle, Suite 500.
When: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
As a priest, minister or other layperson applies the ashes to your forehead during the service, they repeat the following:
Is your church holding a special Ash Wednesday service? Share in the comments below.