Spirit, Word and Sacrament
Emmaus Abbey Parish House
Opportunities to Worship & Honor Jesus in 2020
Special Events Calendar
Sunday Worship @ 10:30am
1 DecemberFirst Sunday of Advent
8 December Second Sunday of Advent - Church Christmas Dinner 6:30PM
15 December Third Sunday of Advent
22 December Fourth Sunday of Advent
24th December Monday @ 7pm-Candlelight Devotional & Svc
30 December First Sunday after Advent
1 January New Years Day
6 January Epiphany (Monday)
Service Dates Emmaus Abbey Fellowship Hall
February 25th, 2019 "Fat Tuesday" 6:00pm Pancake Supper & Fun
February 26th, 2019 Ash Wednesday Service 6:30pm Imposition of Ashes
February 26th, 2020
Getting Ready For
ASH WEDNESDAY + Lenten Devotionals
Emmaus Abbey Invites everyone this year to our 40 days of Lent. We will hold the stations of the Cross every Wednesday afternoon at 1150am with a short Lenten devotional followed by the Eucharist.
Scriptures: Taken from Genesis 3: 17-21 NKJV & Message Bible
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” NKJV
In today's language...He told the Man: “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree That I commanded you not to eat from, ‘Don’t eat from this tree,’ The very ground is cursed because of you; getting food from the ground Will be as painful as having babies is for your wife; you’ll be working in pain all your life long. The ground will sprout thorns and weeds, you’ll get your food the hard way, Planting and tilling and harvesting, sweating in the fields from dawn to dusk, Until you return to that ground yourself, dead and buried; you started out as dirt, you’ll end up dirt.” The Message Bible
Ecclesiastes 12:7 says: Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. KJV
From Dust to Dust
Eccles.3:19-21 For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 20 All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. 21 Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?…
Why should Christians observe Ash Wednesday? Here is a short commentary for remembering our sins against God...
After reading the above scripture we should get the reason for observing this special service. We should remember our sins against our Creator, repent, and seek forgiveness. We should remember our duties, and set about them, looking to him for grace and strength. This should be done early, while the body is strong, and the spirits active. When a man has the pain of reviewing a misspent life, his not having given up sin and worldly vanities till he is forced to say, I have no pleasure in them, renders his sincerity very questionable. Then follows a figurative description of old age and its infirmities, which has some difficulties; but the meaning is plain, to show how uncomfortable, generally, the days of old age are. As the four verses, 2-5, are a figurative description of the infirmities that usually accompany old age, ver. 6 notices the circumstances which take place in the hour of death. If sin had not entered into the world, these infirmities would not have been known. Surely then the aged should reflect on the evil of sin. Eccl. 12:1-7.
CEC Teaching Moment:
What is the significance of ashes that are imposed on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday?
The liturgy of Ash Wednesday gives us guidelines for our 40-day journey. We pray for blessing upon our endeavors in the opening prayer at Mass:
"Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial." The priests says;
"Remember, man, you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
All CECNA Churches believe the Holy Scripture that our first parents (Adam & Eve) sinned against God. These words come from God’s word from the Book of Genesis. Our first parents heard them after they had sinned. This was the Original sin, a curse and original sentence. God expelled them from the Garden of Eden with these words:
Cursed be the ground because of you; in toil, shall you eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, and you shall eat the plants in the field. In the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, since out of it you were taken; for dust you are and unto dust you shall return (Gen 3:17-19).
By the act of the first Adam, death entered the world and every descendant of Adam bears the sign of death within him. All generations of humanity share in this inheritance.
Since the ninth century and in our liturgy, our priests speak and make inscribed sign of the cross with ashes placed on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of mortality and penitence. Our bodies were made from nothing, and will return to nothing when we die. The ashes are imposed with the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" (BCP, p. 265). The bible says we are bodies fashioned from dust. "Then the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being" (Gen 2:7).
The practice of sprinkling ashes on one's head as a sign of penance was customary even in the Old Testament— The Old Testament reading is from the Prophet Joel 2:18. Here the message is very clear: do penance, but avoid an outward show, "Rend your hearts and not your garments." Our penance should not be mere hypocrisy. It is an interior change that is more important. In the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes (Est 4:1); Job sat in sackcloth and ashes to repent (Job 42:6); all of Nineveh put on sackcloth and ashes to repent after Jonah's preaching (Jon 3:5-6). In early Christian centuries, the imposition of ashes was only used for public sinners, but around the year 1000 A.D. all faithful started to receive the ashes as a sincere and external token that we are all poor sinners.
Short History on understanding the 40 day journey starting with Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting. It is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days, if the six Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter and can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Orthodox, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics and many non-denominational churches have begun to see the great significance of practicing what we preach: Repentance!
According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ's resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate. Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (six days) during six weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (four days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days. Orthodox churches do this 40 days in a row.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the fore-heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."