Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. i am taking this from the bulletin from tonight
"Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is the time to reflect on the profound meaning of Jesus' gift of Himself. We are called to a life of repentance and renewal during these 40 days. Tonight we are especially mindful of our own sin and mortality. The crosses of ash we wear on our foreheads remind us that, because the wages of sin is death, we will one day return to the dust from which we came. Yet the symbol of the cross reminds us that Jesus has conquered sin and death for us. For His sake, death is simply the door that leads to life everlasting"