Join us at Grace Presbyterian for an Ash Wednesday Service on February 14 at noon in the Chapel.

Ashes (a mixture of burnt palm branches and oil) will be offered by ministry staff. The ashes are placed cross-shaped on the receiver’s forehead by the leader’s thumb, accompanied by the instruction to “remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Though this practice and these words may seem strange at first, they are meant as a prayerful, sombre, and ultimately peaceful reminder that even though this life is temporary, in Jesus Christ we have eternal life.

After our Ash Wednesday Service, ministry staff from Grace will be offering Ashes to Go for our Beltline neighbours from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. We’ll be outside on the front steps of Grace Presbyterian Church at the corner of 15th Avenue and 9th Street. The receiving of ashes will be open to everyone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ as well as those who strive to.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and begins the 40-day season of reflection and preparation leading up to Easter. Ash Wednesday has been practised for approximately 1500 years and continues to be observed by a wide range of Christian denominations.