Episcopal Church brings ashes-to-go to Mid-Hudson

Ash Wednesday starts Lent, the preparation for Easter

"Our evening Ash Wednesday worship is usually lightly attended, but a year ago we had about 10 first time visitors who came because they had heard of Glitter+Ash". They do not have to be kept for the duration of Ash Wednesday. Several Catholic schools in Wichita followed this model, celebrating Valentine's Day early.

But more will only observe this practice on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday (the day at the end of Lent which marks Jesus's crucifixion, which is a day of mourning). "Sacrificing candy for a day would be a great sign of love for all that the Lord Jesus has done for us". "It's a time of fasting and prayer to re-commit to our baptismal promises".

Standing on Main Street with the temperature in the low 30s, Feltz said "We are here today because some people can not make it to church".

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the ceremonial marking of one's forehead with ash, practiced on the opening of Lent. Restraint, fasting and abstaining from meat is the order of the day.

Valentine's Day will next fall on Ash Wednesday in 2024.

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The restaurants said they'll have plenty of fish for the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter, which falls on April Fool's Day. Fasting is a discipline of abstaining from something for a period of time for spiritual benefit. For the most devout Christians among us, that means 40 days of "fasting and repentance", which translates to pretending you're giving up chocolate until Easter and eating deep fried cod every Friday night.

While Ash Wednesday isn't directly addressed in the Bible, there are over forty Bible passages that associate ashes with mourning and grief.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Knights of Columbus Blessed Trinity Council will sponsor the food drive during the six weeks of the Lenten season. The crosses are burned to create the ashes and are mixed with oil, which is then marked on a person's forehead or palm to remind him or her, each year, that we are renewed and reborn in Love. That is why there is an emphasis on fish fry dinners this time of year.

"As Catholics, we recognize Ash Wednesday as the solemn beginning of a period of prayer, penance, and works of charity", said Bishop Ronald W. Gainer in a statement released February 5 by the Diocese of Harrisburg.

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