Ash Wednesday is March 5, 2014

Let us receive the announcement of Lent with joy!
For if our forefather Adam had kept the fast,
We would not have been deprived of paradise.
O Lord, who took flesh from the Virgin
in the fullness of time,
Call me back and restore me to Eden!

– Byzantine Vespers

We begin our celebration of Lent with the imposition of ashes on

  • Wednesday at 9:00am
  • Wednesday at 7:00pm

You thumbed grit
into my furrowed brow,
marking me
with the sign of mortality,
the dust of last year’s palms.

The cross you traced
seared, smudged skin,
and I recalled other ashes
etched
into my heart
by those who love too little
or not at all.

– Elizabeth-Anne Vanek in Extraordinary Time

(Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence)

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