The start of the Christian Lenten season begins Wednesday.
Feb. 13 marks Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lenten season for many Christian religions including Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churches. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday takes place 40 days before Easter. Sundays that fall during that timeframe are not included in the 40-day count. On Ash Wednesday, many Christians will go to church to receive a cross of ashes on their forehead. The ashes are used as a sign of repentance to God. During lent, many Christians fast and repent to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It’s customary for Catholics to not eat meat on Fridays during lent. Many also give up something they would otherwise enjoy during this time. …
In recognition of Ash Wednesday, the Union Church of Lake Bluff invites the community to a special musical prayer service.
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Monday, February 11
The Union Church of Lake Bluff will host its annual Taizé musical prayer service at 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 525 E. Prospect Ave. The service will include sung prayer, silence and the imposition of ashes, according to the church Website. Childcare will also be provided. Taizé worship always includes a chance to respond to God’s presence. In that spirit, during sung prayers, if you are so moved, we invite you to come forward into the midst of the symbols that we have arranged of the blessings of this life and receive the mark of the ashes. A sign of forgiveness, and new life. The ashes come from the palms of the previous years’ Palm Sunday service, reports the Gazebo News. The church offers some guidance for those who may be new …