According to the gospels, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he was tempted by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. 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 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".
Cokesbury makes being prepared for Ash Wednesday services easy and convenient.
Cokesbury is your one-stop destination for Lent and Easter supplies for your church or family. You can find candles and banners for your sanctuary as well as seasonal bulletins and stationery. Use the Cokesbury At-a-Glance Comparison Chart to find the appropriate study for your church, small group, or family.
You can find all your church supply needs at Cokesbury. It is a convenient way to keep your congregation stocked with the communion supplies, baptismal needs, bulletins, certificates, candles, and even clergy robes and shirts. Save time and money by partnering with Cokesbury.