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Ash Wednesday Service – February 14, 2018

Event Date: February 14, 2018 Time: 7:00 pm Location:

Ash Wednesday Service  of Word, Table, and Remembrance

February 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Questions and Answers About Lent

 Q: What is the Lenten season, and why is it set apart?

Lent is a period of six weeks preceding the anniversary of the Savior’s death, and is set apart as a special season of fasting, penitence, and prayer.

Q: Why is it called Lent?

Because it always comes in the spring of the year, and the old Saxon word lent means “spring.”

Q: How does the Lenten season correspond with Jesus’ life?

Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for the beginning of his ministry (Luke 4:1-2).

Q: Why is the first day of Lent called Ash Wednesday?

The early church had a custom of sprinkling ashes on the heads of penitents the first day of Lent in token of humiliation and sorrow for sin.

Q: Are there any examples of this custom mentioned in the Bible?

Yes, ashes are associated with repentance, grief, and fasting in the Old and New Testaments. See Daniel 9:3, Jeremiah 6:26, Esther 4:1, Isaiah 58:5, Jonah 3:6, Nehemiah 9:1, Matthew 11:21.

[Excerpted from an article by the Rev. Dr. Richard Lobs, a Lutheran pastor]



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