"You may think Ash Wednesday is depressing or morbid when a minister puts black ashes on your forehead and pronounces the words, 'Remember you are dust and to dust you will return.' But we do not hear these words with fear or loathing. Rather we hear these words with joy and thanksgiving, for they are not meant to condemn, but to herald a new beginning, a rebirth into a new and glorious life with God. They remind us that our lives here on earth are temporary and that we were made for pure joy in eternal life with the Lord. Happily, we do not wait until death to begin our new life; we begin it right here, right now........."
(Lect. 219) Seasonal Missalette Worship Resource ~March 9 to April 30, 2011
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