The season of Lent—the traditional period of penance, self reflection, fasting (and fish fries!)—begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is one of the holiest days for Roman Catholics, but also Episcopalians, Lutherans, and other main line protestant denominations. Ash Wednesday is celebrated with services in which the faithful are marked with an ash cross on the forehead.
The season of Lent ends with Good Friday and Easter.
Here's a list of Ash Wednesday Services in the area:
...Of the Catholic Variety
Risen Savior Catholic Church will hold Mass at 9 a.m. Word services will take place at 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Distribution of ashes will be part of all services.
Mary, Mother of the Church will hold Ash Wednesday Masses at 6:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
...Of the Lutheran Sort
Prince of Peace: "Lent begins with a call to fasting, prayer and repentance. On this day, Christians all over the world are marked with ashes in the sign of the cross. Come and worship with us and be marked with the cross of Christ and reminded that we are all 'dust and to dust we will return.' Child care is available for all services.
- 12:00 noon – Worship led by organ with classic hymns.
- 5:30 p.m. – Family worship led by the WOW crew.
- 7:00 p.m. (ASL) – Worship led by our Middle School and Senior High Ministry team
Good Shepherd Lutheran will hold Ash Wednesday services at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. A Lent Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m.
St. James Lutheran will have one service at 7:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Ascension will have a Lenten Meal at 5:15 p.m. followed by an Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 p.m.
...An Episcopal/Anglican Service
Nativity Episcopal Church will hold three services of Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes: One at 7 a.m., another at noon and a final service at 7:00 pm.