Ashes to ashes….

The cross of ashes, traced upon the forehead of each Christian, is not only a reminder of death but inevitably (though tacitly) a pledge of resurrection. The ashes of a Christian are no longer mere ashes. The body of a Christian is a temple of the Holy Ghost, and though it is fated to see death, it will return again to life in glory. The cross, with which the ashes are traced upon us, is the sign of Christ’s victory over death. The words, “Remember, man, that thou art dust, and that to dust thou shalt return,” are not to be taken as the quasi-form of a kind of “sacrament of death” (as if such a thing were possible). It might be good stoicism to receive a mere reminder of our condemnation to die, but it is not Christianity. The declaration that the body must fall temporarily into dust is a challenge to spiritual combat, that our burial may be “in Christ” and that we may rise with him to “live unto God.”

Thomas Merton, Ash Wednesday, Spiritual Medicine

Mass/Ashes/Choir

Mass & Ashes

We will be in the Lady Chapel.

Ash Wednesday

Mass and Imposition of ashes at 7:00 am in the Lady Chapel and 7:00 pm with the Choir.

Lent: A Season of Change and Growth!

Lenten CrossOn Ash Wednesday, February 13 much of the Christian world entered into the season of Lent. This season will last for 40 days concluding in the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter morning.

If you’re new to the Anglican faith this season may sound strange to you or “strangely unnecessary.” But there is a good reason for Lent and it has its foundation in Holy Scripture and in the Church since the earliest of times.

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Forty Days of Lent

Lent St. Johns“Lord, What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?”
Applying the 10 Commandments & the Beatitudes of the Lord!

Wednesdays in Lent 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Beginning with a Lenten Meal

In the parable of the Rich Young Man, Jesus addresses the heart of His saving mission: to bring eternal life to those who seek it! This Lent at St. John’s we are going to step into this man’s shoes and listen for the same call to holiness!

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