BRATTLEBORO -- Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the six week-season of solemn preparation before Easter. The day is named for the practice of imposing ashes, a practice which many Christians use as a sign of repentance. The ancient practice is mentioned in both the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament. The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence. Ashes also remind us of the shortness of human life, for it is said as we are buried: "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust."
Members of Trinity Lutheran Church will be passing out these visible marks and pronouncing a blessing or a prayer to all who approach them from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Pliny Park, located at the corner of High and Main streets in Downtown Brattleboro.
The Lutherans come as Christians who respect and engage others in the larger spiritual community by bearing the universal love of our creator and sustainer. Participants may either be marked with the sign of the cross or with a sign that the creator is continually present with them and that they are loved unconditionally.
Trinity Lutheran Church is an open and affirming congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro. For more information, contact the church office at 802-254-4220 or visit www.trinitybrattlebor.