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We're Bringing Ashes to You

On Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Episcopalians are coming into the streets to share a sacred symbol that calls us to pause and reflect the precious gift of our lives. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection and preparation before Easter Sunday. 

Each year, Christians gather for Ash Wednesday services to receive an ash cross on their foreheads, a sign of penitence and humility that sets the tone for the Lenten season. The administering of ashes in public spaces on Ash Wednesday has become a church-wide movement in the Episcopal Church, taking this historic tradition outside of church buildings to train stations, Metro stops, and street corners, where interested passers-by are marked with the sign of the cross–a reminder of the temporal nature of life.

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Lent in the Washington, DC Area

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the 40-day period of Lent. Find out more about how you can observe Lent in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

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