7:30 a.m. – quiet service; no music
Noon – in person and livestreamed
7:00 p.m. – in person and livestreamed

On Wednesday, February 17 we observed Ash Wednesday, signaling the beginning of Lent, a period of forty days (not counting Sundays) preceding Easter. The themes of the day are penitence and fasting. It has become traditional to wear ashes on our foreheads on this day to recognize our status as sinners doomed to die but for the grace of God. The prayer said over the ashes asks:

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life… (The Book of Common Prayer 265)

As the ashes are imposed, the well-known refrain is heard: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

To view this service at any time as a way to mark your own Lenten observance, follow the link below.

LIVE WORSHIP – St. Mark’s Episcopal – Ash Wednesday.