Ash Wednesday?

Amy of Grand Haven asked, “What exactly is Ash Wednesday? I see Christian churches holding Ash Wednesday services and, not being a Christian myself, have wondered what that meant.”
Mark Brooky
Mar 5, 2014

ANSWER:

The Rev. Dieter Haupt of St. John’s Lutheran Church explains the significance of the special day in Christianity for us:

“Sack cloth and ashes have long been symbols of contrition and repentance in many societies,” Haupt explained. “Ashes are applied by some Christians on their forehead in the sign of a cross at the beginning of the Lenten season (thus the name Ash Wednesday given to the date) as a symbol of repentance over our sins — a reminder that, because of those sins, we will die someday and, thankfully, because of Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on Calvary's cross, those sins have already been paid for in full, and so the good news of Easter's resurrection is our future as well.”

Many area churches hosted Ash Wednesday services today and this evening. Haupt welcomes all to St. John’s Lutheran, 527 Taylor Ave. in Grand Haven, for its 7 p.m. service.

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