“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Ash Wednesday, 2/14/18, service at 7 p.m.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of …40 days before Holy Week, Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.
From the Ash Wednesday Service in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, p. 264:
The Priest says:
“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the
observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.”
“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the
earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our
mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is
only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.”
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