The Episcopal Church of St. Michael the Archangel
Our mission is to nourish God's people, that Christ may be known.
Lent is a term derived from a
word meaning "long days" or "spring". It is a period of
fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. The seasonal color is purple.
The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday, taking its name from the ancient custom of burning to ashes the palms that were blessed on Palm Sunday of the previous year. The ashes are placed on the foreheads of the faithful in the form of a cross-
a reminder of mortality and an outward and visible sign of inward repentance.
The Book of Common Prayer states that Ash Wednesday and other weekdays of Lent are to be observed by "special acts of discipline and self-denial." Each person is encouraged to undertake a discipline to prepare for the great feast of Easter, as Jesus prepared for his ministry during forty days of fasting
and wrestling with temptation in the wilderness.