During last Sunday’s service, the Chime Choir began the service and Pastor Mike Stoner announced the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, with the Burning of Palms at 6 p.m. and the worship service at 7 p.m.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During the Ash Wednesday services, the pastor will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers.
The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.
It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service.
Trinity is located in Yorkville at the corner of Route 47 and Cannonball Trail.