St. Mark’s Episcopal Church plans to bring ashes to the foreheads of passersby on the streets of downtown Moscow on Ash Wednesday, March 9.
Marking the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, traditional rites of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes will be offered at the church at 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 7 p.m.
In addition, St. Mark’s offers “Ashes to Go”—the Imposition of Ashes, on the street corner at 6th and Main during the morning, noon, and evening rush hours—from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., 12 noon to 1:15 p.m., and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“Jesus meets us where we are,” said the Rev. Robin Biffle, rector of St. Mark’s. “And—contrary to the experiences some of us have known—the church can meet us where we are, too. One of the places where we are—and where the Holy is—is downtown Moscow, Idaho, on Ash Wednesday 2011.”
St. Mark’s will sponsor a traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on March 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.
The day before Ash Wednesday is known as Shrove Tuesday, from “shrive,” an Old English verb that means to seek pardon and absolution, a reference to the traditional practice of private confession during Lent. And on this last day before Lent, families use up their eggs, butter and other fats in anticipation of a 40-day Lenten fast. In France, the occasion became known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.”
At St. Mark’s, parish leaders will cook and serve pancakes and all of the fixings: sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, juice and coffee. The suggested donation for the all-you-can-eat buffet feast is: $5 for adults, $2 for children aged 6 to 12, and $15 for a family. There is no charge for children under 6, and child care will be provided. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.
At 6:30 that evening, fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday procession will be burned to make ash for the ancient services of Ash Wednesday.
Lynn Wright is known for his versatility on the piano.
A “romantic jazz” concert will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
The Music @ Saint Mark’s event will feature Lynn Wright on piano; Brian Gill on trumpet, guitar and vocals; and special guest and composer Charlie Sutton on vocals and guitar. The program will include jazz standards from the 1920s to the present, ragtime and stride from the 1890s to the 1920s, and blues and gospel.
General admission is $12 and $25 for a family of two adults and children. Admission is discounted for seniors and students. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is at 111 S. Jefferson St. For information, call the church office at 882-2022.