Ash Wednesday services set

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Today marks the first day of Lent, which is Ash Wednesday. Local churches have scheduled services in observation.

At such services, Christians will receive blessings from their priest or minister. They also receive the mark of the cross, made with black palm ashes, which is worn until sundown.

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The ash cross is a reminder that “we are mortal, but we are but dust,” said Deacon Brent Keith of Cathedral of Christ the King CEC, located at 1204 Highland Ave.

“It’s a very ancient practice,” he said.

Christ the King will have three services today. Ashes can be received at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Eucharist, which is the Holy Communion, will be issued at noon.

“The community is welcome to come,” Keith said.

According to Mary Puckett, church secretary at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 309 Washington St., Mass will be held at 8 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Ashes will be given out at all masses,” she said.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 210 Lauderdale St., will also have three services – 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m., according to church administrator Joyce Dawson.

“Every Friday during Lent, there will be stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.,” St. Paul’s Rector, the Rev. Polk Van Zandt said.

St. Paul’s will also have morning prayer at 8 a.m. on Mondays and there will be classes every Sunday at 4 p.m. for those who want to know more about the church. Appointments for confession can be made at 419-8561.

“Generally, people fast for Lent,” Keith said.

Usually people give up red meat, but according to Keith, some people may give up TV or anything “that may hinder their pursuit of God.”

However, there is no fasting on Sundays.

“Sunday is a feast day,” Keith said.