Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  This evening, I will attend a special service at my church—All Saints Anglican Church of San Antonio. In lieu of a hymn for the processional, we will chant the Great Litany. Then comes the Penitential Office and Imposition of Ashes, followed by Holy Communion. A solemn, … Read more

Devotion for Ash Wednesday

When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to … Read more

Ash Wednesday/Lent

If you’re not part of a liturgical church, you may wonder why folks are going around today with a black cross on their foreheads. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Although there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, Lent is considered to be a 40-day season … Read more

Ash Wednesday and Lent

I grew up in a non-liturgical church that didn’t observe Lent. As a child, I wondered why other Christians went around one day in the spring with a black cross on their foreheads. As an adult, I became an Anglican and learned about the liturgical tradition. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the penitential season … Read more

Ash Wednesday 2013

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the penitential season of Lent. The video below gives a quick overview of Ash Wednesday and Lent. While most Christians recognize Lent and observe it in similar ways, different Christian denominations have some variations in the significance they attach to the season and the ways of observing … Read more

Devotion for Ash Wednesday 2012

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may … Read more

Ash Wednesday 2011

Last year I started the tradition of posting a Scripture and prayer for each day of Lent as part of my extra devotion during this time of penance. I hope these readings and prayers will bless you in your spiritual preparation for Resurrection Sunday. Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. In previous … Read more