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Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

This page was last updated on February 21, 2014.

Palms in Basket

Bring your palms to church

through Sunday, March 2
baskets available in Cathedral Nave and Thomsen Chapel

Ashes for Ash Wednesday liturgies are made by burning the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, a kind of “coming full circle.” The palms will be burned on Shrove Tuesday (Feb 12) at our community Mardi Gras celebration.

Purple Sequinned Mask

Shrove Tuesday: Mardi Gras! a community celebration

Tuesday, March 4, 6 - 8 pm
Bloedel Hall

This ancient Church tradition, also known as Shrove Tuesday, offers a great turn into Lent with a special night of revelry.
Masks, gumbo (and pancakes), dessert auction, and live music.
Burn the palms, make the alleluia scroll, and at the end of the evening bury our Alleluias.
Bring any palms you saved and we will burn them for use on Ash Wednesday!

Set up and clean up help is always welcome for this large event. Contact Cindy Spencer at or 206.323.0300, x225.

Ash Cross

Ash Wednesday
The Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Wednesday, March 5
7:30 am in Thomsen Chapel
Noon in the Cathedral Nave
7 pm in the Cathedral Nave

The Ash Wednesday Liturgy is the doorway to Lent. The liturgy is one of contrasts, beginning with sobering reflection on our mortality and our sin through the readings, homily, Litany of Penitence and imposition of ashes. But the liturgy then carries us into the abiding joy of the Eucharist, the Holy meal that celebrates and makes present anew God's forgiveness and love.

Adult Faith Formation in Lent
Preparing Together

In the 40 days of Lent, we undertake individual practices that increase in us our love of God, our faithfulness in service, our forgiveness of others and ourselves, our willingness to be transformed more and more into the pattern of Christ. In our Sunday gatherings for liturgy, and weekday gatherings for prayer and study, we share and shape these practices in community, supporting and encouraging one another along the way we travel together.
Learn more here.

Saint Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102