Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the period of forty days (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This service features the imposition of ashes, a reminder of our mortality and dependence on God, and an invitation to reflection and repentance. Lent is traditionally a time of self-examination and repentance through prayer, fasting, self-denial, and reading and meditating on scripture. The forty days of Lent symbolizes the forty years in which the Israelites wandered in the wilderness in search of the Promised Land. It also recalls the time Jesus spent in the wilderness in fasting and prayer, during which he was tempted. A common practice during Lent is to participate in a Lenten discipline; this can involve giving something up or taking on a new practice, in order to deepen your faith and bring you closer to Christ. We hope you will join us as the community of St. George’s journeys together into the Lenten season.