Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vices held

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

Oklahoma’s faith­ful flocked to churches as they joined others around the world in ob­serv­ing Ash Wed­nes­day, which marks the first day of the Chris­tian sea­son of Lent.

The rit­ual of the im­po­si­tion of ashes tra­di­tion­ally takes place dur­ing Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vices. Ashes from palm branches are placed on the fore­head of con­gre­gants in the sign of the cross as part of this rit­ual. The ashes are chris­tened with holy wa­ter and they sym­bol­ize penance and con­tri­tion.

The words “Re­mem­ber that you are dust and to dust you shall re­turn” re­mind be­liev­ers of their mor­tal­ity — that they are on Earth for a short time.

[PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Rev. John Henry Mar­lin, as­sist­ing priest at All Souls’ Epis­co­pal Church, places ashes in the form of a cross on the fore­heads of parish­ioners — the im­po­si­tion of ashes — at an Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vice on Wed­nes­day at the church, 6400 N Penn­syl­va­nia.

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