Fairmont United Methodist Church • Raleigh NC

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Ash Wednesday Service--Lent Begins February 14.

B15ashwedocWednesday, February 14 at 7:00 PM, join us in the Sanctuary for our annual Ash Wednesday service including the Imposition of Ashes.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During our Ash Wednesday service, the pastor will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins. Today, the ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.
It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service helping our worship year to move in a full cycle. (Adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship)
The Handbell Choir will lead the music during the service.