“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.” Book of Common Prayer Page 265.
Our Ash Wednesday service begins with these words as an Invitation to a Holy Lent. We understand this rhythm of self-reflection, of cleansing ourselves of those things within us that keep us from God, of stretching our minds to see situations in brand-new ways (that’s what repentance means) is an important act of living into the new creation we have become in Christ.
We offer three opportunities to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday:
10 a.m. We will offer the regular Healing Service (with laying on of hands) in the context of the Holy Eucharist at The Episcopal Home and this day we will offer the imposition of ashes for anyone desiring this experience.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. We will be in downtown Shippensburg offering “Ashes to Go” to anyone who would like to receive.
6 p.m. We will offer the full Ash Wednesday service from our Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 264. To read the service in advance, please click here.