Lent represents the time that Jesus spent wandering in the wilderness.  All are encouraged to reflect upon their commitment to their faith and the community throughout the Easter season.

During the Ash Wednesday service Reverend Galley recites “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”, as he places the ashes on the forehead in the sign of the cross. The ashes are a blend of ash and anointing oil and come from the palm leaves that were blessed during Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) of the previous year.  The ashes represent the literal “dust” from which God made all people — and it’s intended as a reminder of our own mortality. Ashes represent sorrow, purification, and rebirth, which all play a role in the story of Easter Sunday (the end of Lent).

Christians wear ashes on the first day of Lent to mourn and acknowledge the suffering that Jesus endured. As a gesture, it represents a willingness to repent for your sins and purify your soul in preparation for his resurrection.

I Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.