Sunday's palms are Wednesday's ashes as another Lent begins;
thus we kneel before our Maker in contrition for our sins.”
Rae E Whitney
“Sunday's Palms Are Wednesday's Ashes”
#2138 in The Faith We Sing
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Once again, the somber season of Lent is almost upon us and we turn our attention to one of the strangest of the stranger midweek services the church offers: the Ash Wednesday Service. What is the symbolism of the ashes and what makes this service so important? Why Wednesday, why ashes, and why such a focus on unpleasantness?