The day before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday in the Anglican Church in England, and marks the beginning of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent ending with Easter. Shrove Tuesday is commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions. The celebratory aspect of the day developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.
Ash Wednesday – March 6, Ash Wednesday services of Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7:00am, 12:00pm (spoken service), and 5:30pm (choral service).
Ashes to Go – St. Peter’s will be offering Ashes to Go in downtown Rockland on Ash Wednesday (March 6th), again joining up with our friends from Nativity Lutheran. Ashes to Go is a practice of bringing the important traditions of our faith out from behind church walls and into the places we need them every day – and we especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives. This is an opportunity to listen, to offer a blessing, and, for those who request it, to impose ashes and be with others who long to make a connection with the transcendent on this Holy Day. It requires some training, and, if you’re interested, call the church office (594-8191) and ask to speak with the Rector.