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Local churches celebrate Ash Wednesday
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The first day of Lent marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes was traditionally a sign of one's sorrow for having committed sins. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of preparation for the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ. The particular symbolism of ashes for this day comes from a practice in Roman Catholic churches in which the ashes from the palms used in the preceding year's Palm Sunday celebration are blessed. With these ashes, the priest on the first day of Lent marks a cross on the forehead of each worshiper. This practice has become a part of Ash Wednesday services in many United Methodist churches.

Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by permission.


St. Pius X Catholic Church
2621 Hwy 20 SE
(770) 483-3660
March 9, 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. mass with ashes, 4:30 p.m. service with ashes, 6:30 p.m. mass with ashes, 7:30 p.m. service in Spanish with ashes

St. Simon's Episcopal
1522 Highway 138 SE, Conyers
March 9, noon and 7 p.m.

Epiphany Lutheran
2375 Highway 20 SE
(770) 483-6222
March 9, noon and 7p.m.

Conyers First United Methodist
921 N Main St NW, Conyers, GA 30012
March 9, Lenten Worship at noon with the luncheon to follow at 12:30 p.m.

Conyers Presbyterian Church
911 N Main Street, Conyers, GA 30012-4405
(770) 929-0700
March 9, 7 p.m.