On this day the Church blesses ashes, and places them on the heads of her faithful children, saying: “Remember man, thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.”

Members of St. Paul’s along with friends and family from other churches are invited to join us for this service and the imposition of the ashes.

Is this practice Biblical?

It is, for God Himself commanded the Israelites to put ashes on their heads for a sign of repentance. (Jer. 25:34) Thus did David (Ps, 101:10) who even strewed ashes on his bread; the Ninivites, (Jonas III. 5.) Judith, (Jud. 9:1) Mardochai, (Esth. 4:1) Job, (Job 42:6) etc.

The Christians of the earliest times followed this practice as often as they did public penance for their sins.

Pleased to have our Canterbury students pray the Litany with us for Ash Wednesday. Kindergarteners were great at following along as they waited for a break in my pace to add in their part!

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    Steve Macias
    Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.