Ash Wednesday on Feb. 18 marks the beginning of the season of Lent which Christians everywhere observe for the 40 days which lead up to the celebration of Easter and the remembrance of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians traditionally attend church on Ash Wednesday and receive ashes placed upon their foreheads as a sign of entering the Lenten season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The ashes are also a reminder of the brevity of our lives on this earth and are an invitation to renew one’s faith in eternal life in God.
St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, Okawville is hosting an early morning Ash Wednesday service at 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 18. This service is designed to be ecumenical in nature and all neighboring Christians and people of good will are welcome. The brief service will feature prayer, the proclamation of Scripture and the Rite of Blessing and Distribution of Ashes. The early time that it is scheduled for on Ash Wednesday morning is so that those who are later heading to work and school may have the opportunity to attend.
An evening Ash Wednesday celebration of the Eucharist and the Rite of Blessing and Distribution of Ashes will be held also on Feb. 18 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Lively Grove at 6:30 p.m.