The Rico Community Church will hold a short service at 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. For 10 centuries, faithful Christians have begun their Lenten observance by expressing penitence on Ash Wednesday. The ashes on our foreheads symbolize our recognition that only by God's gracious gift are we given everlasting life, through Jesus Christ.
The ashes traditionally are made from palm leaves used the previous Palm Sunday to commemorate the triumphal procession of Jesus and his disciples into Jerusalem. This year, as a symbol of our communion with Christians worldwide, our ashes come from palms that the children of Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church waved last year as they paraded through the sanctuary.
Everyone is invited to join the congregation at 7 p.m. Wednesday.