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Feb 14, 2018

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Raymond Village Community Church

Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St., Raymond, ME 04071



Ash Wednesday “Indoor Pilgrimage”

Raymond Village Community Church invites everyone in the area to participate in an “Indoor Pilgrimage” during the Church’s annual Ash Wednesday service, held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 14. The service will last from 45 minutes to an hour.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Lent itself is the journey of preparation for Easter. So during this service participants will move as a group from place to place within the Church, gathering the “tools” they will need for that Lenten journey. “The pilgrimage enables a richer understanding of the meaning and significance of Ash Wednesday, a step toward making Lent and the entire Easter season a richer and more powerful experience.” says RVCC Pastor Nancy Foran.

The “tools” participants will experience include Prayer – for a stronger connection to God, Light – to see them through times of darkness, Scripture – providing the guidepost, Reflection and Forgiveness – to lighten the load, Ashes – causing us to consider our own mortality, and Communion – nourishing us on the journey.

Says Pastor Foran, “This service immerses people in sights, sounds, tastes, touches, and smells as they help to spread candlelight throughout the church, drop stones in a clanging bowl releasing their burdens, sing moving from place to place, and experience Communion, all enhanced by the scent of burning incense. There will also be readings and time for quiet meditation at each location.”

Those who are not able to process will have the contents of each location brought to them.

For further information, email Rev. Foran at, or call the Church at 655-7749.