Wednesday, February 22nd. Historically, churches have chosen to mark the 40 days and Sundays of Lent as a penitential period focusing on the agony of Jesus’ death on the cross and spiritual growth. The number 40 was both symbolic of Jesus 40 days in the wilderness, and it was intended to represent a tenth of the year. Men and women, thus, dedicated a tenth of the year to sacrificing, learning and growing in faith. The English word “Lent” actually comes from the old English phrase to “lengthen.” This implies both the light and days in spring growing greater, but also that Christians grow greater in faith.
The Ash Wednesday services on February 22nd will follow the traditional liturgy of reflection, confession and the imposition of ashes. The remaining five Wednesday services will be celebrated with Marty Haugen’s Holden Evening Prayer.