6:00 pm — 6:30 pm
All Saints Chapel
All Saints Chapel, 151 S Ann Street, Mobile, AL, 36604, United States
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Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent for many in the Christian church. The forty days of
fasting (not counting Sundays) may begin with the imposition of the ashes on the foreheads of the
faithful. During the ancient ceremony, the ashes (made from burning the palms from Palm
Sunday the previous year) are placed on the foreheads of the faithful with words from Genesis:
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” While this service was widely used
after the seventh century, there is evidence that such a service originated in Gaul in the sixth
century and was first “confined to public penitents doing penance for grave and notorious sins,
whom the clergy tried to comfort and encourage by submitting themselves to the same public
humiliation” (from UCC Book of Worship). Lent continues to be reinterpreted. Some churches
today add social service and activism as a Lenten sacrifice. The Massachusetts Conference of
the UCC promotes a “carbon fast” to link personal sacrifice with social change.


February 14, 2018
6:00 pm—6:30 pm
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Ellen Sims