Ash Wednesday services across the Wiregrass

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(WTVY) -- With the end of the Mardi Gras season and the beginning of Lent, Christians will be celebrating Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

The last day of Carnival and the day before for Ash Wednesday is called Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday). For centuries, this solemn feast prepared Christians for the season of Lent and used up valuable meat and supplies they would be abstaining from in the days to come. From parades to beignets and colorful masks, the last day of Carnival is full of elaborate costumes and lavish food sure to hold the revelers over through a long fast. In the United Kingdom, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day.

(Sources: Wikipedia, & National Day Calendar)

Below are some of the Churches holding Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday services in the Wiregrass.
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► First United Methodist Church of Dothan
Ashes to Go - 7:00 - 8:30 am
5 Locations: We will be in the church parking lots and fellowship hall, as well as the Friend Bank parking lot, and the Chick-fil-A parking lot (near Southeast Health). We hope you will come, and share with your family and friends who would be interested too.

Ash Wednesday Evening Service at 6:05 pm

► Tabernacle UMC Dothan
Ash Wednesday Service: 6:00 pm

► Grimes United Methodist Church, Dothan
Ash Wednesday Service: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

► St. Matthias Anglican Church, Dothan
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Feb. 25, 6:00 pm
Extendicare Hall #7, 950 South St Andrews Street

Ash Wednesday Service: 11:00 am

► Enterprise United Methodist Church
Contemporary Service: 5:00 pm
Traditional Service: 6:00 pm

► Wesley Chapel Enterprise
Ash Wednesday Service: 6:30 pm

► Westview Heights United Methodist Church, Ozark
Ash Wednesday Service: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

► FUMC Daleville
Ash Wednesday Service: 6:30 pm.

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