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Ash Wednesday

  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

Begin the Lenten season with the Ash Wednesday Breakfast at 7 am March 1. Hosted by the Men’s Lectionary Bible Study in Fondren Hall, the speaker will be Rev. Emily Chapman, former St. Paul’s associate, now senior minister of St. Mark’s UMC in the Heights. Cost of the breakfast is $10 per person.

Ashes will be offered 8 am-7 pm in the Sanctuary, during St. Paul’s School pick-up and drop-off times on the Plaza, and 11 am-1 pm near Abraham Station.

Three Ash Wednesday services will be conducted, all including the imposition of ashes. The 12:15 and 7 pm services will be in the Sanctuary, the earlier one with Holy Communion, the evening one an Evensong service led by St. Paul’s Choir. A Servicio Miércoles de Cenisa (Spanish/English) will be at the Lenten prayer pole on the corner of Main and Binz at 5 pm.

All are invited to write a prayer in your own heart language and tie it to the ribbons on the Prayer Pole that will be a temporary installation on the corner of Main and Binz. From a concept developed from totem poles, Tibetan prayer flags, and Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), this interactive prayer station will open on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Watch the Prayer Pole as it changes and deteriorates; it will transform into a new creation on Easter Sunday.

For a complete Lenten schedule, including devotionals and Lenten Recital Series, please see

Earlier Event: February 26