Ash Wednesday is Feb. 13: Where to Worship in Des Plaines

The start of the Christian Lenten season begins Wednesday.


Feb. 13 marks Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lenten season for many Christian religions including Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churches.

In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday takes place 40 days before Easter. Sundays that fall during that timeframe are not included in the 40-day count.

On Ash Wednesday, many Christians will go to church to receive a cross of ashes on their forehead. The ashes are used as a sign of repentance to God.

During lent, many Christians fast and repent to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It’s customary for Catholics to not eat meat on Fridays during lent. Many also give up something they would otherwise enjoy during this time. 

Where to worship in Des Plaines on Ash Wednesday: 

St. Stephen's Catholic Church

St. Mary Parish

St. Zachary Catholic Church

First United Methodist Church

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church

St. Martin's Episcopal Church

First Presbyterian Church of Des Plaines

If you know of an area church also offering Ash Wednesday services, please add the information in the comments section. 

Bill February 13, 2013 at 01:23 AM
First Congregational Church of Des Plaines (Graceland Ave) also has Ash Wed service. Service is at 7:30 PM, and is a half hour long.
Holly Schmidt February 13, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Christ Church United Church of Christ at 1492 Henry in Des Plaines has an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.
Morgan Delack February 13, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Thank you both for adding these services to our list!


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