Ashes to Go – Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ashes to Go - Click here for scheduleASH WEDNESDAY — UAB Pastoral Care is sponsoring “Ashes to Go” in the following locations at UAB Medicine on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

All visitors and employees are welcome to stop by, receive ashes (the sign of the cross with ashes on one’s forehead), and be on your way in less than a minute.  All faith groups and denominations are welcome to participate in Ashes to Go.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter when many Christians choose to give up something (sacrifice) or take on a new spiritual practice (service).  It is symbolic of the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert before his ministry, and a way to prepare for Easter.  Ashes are symbolic of remembering our humility, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

SCHEDULE – Chaplains will be present to offer ashes to all

  1. North Pavilion, 2nd Floor near elevators – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  2. The Kirklin Clinic, 2nd Floor near elevators – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  3. UAB Highlands, 1st Floor lobby – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

For our Catholic guests and employees — Catholic Mass will be held in the Interfaith Chapel, West Pavilion, 1st Floor on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day. It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace.”

All persons are welcome to receive ashes in the busiest pedestrian intersections in the largest hospital in the state of Alabama, and the third largest public hospital in the United States.

Flyers will be shared that has an inclusive prayer with the meaning of Ash Wednesday on it.

UAB Hospital cares for the body, mind, and spirit of all guests and employees, regardless of faith background.  More about Ash Wednesday.

Psalm 51
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgement.
5 Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.

6 You desire truth in the inward being;*
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right* spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing* spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

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