Everyone is invited to this community gathering where we will offer brief reflections, prayers and the distribution of ashes. Faculty, staff and students from all Christian traditions and religious backgrounds are welcome.
Celebrant will be Rev. Jennifer Veninga, Ph.D. (Religious and Theological Studies)
Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christians including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, and many Baptists. The season of Lent mirrors the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness prior to his crucifixion. Christian around the world fast in some form over the 40 days as preparation for Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday. Ashesand are placed on the heads of participants in the form of a cross to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return"
Saturday, April 4 at 8:00am to 8:45am
Sorin Oak, Rain Location - Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
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