MILLEDGEVILLE — Bishop Robert Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, which includes Milledgeville, will preside and preach at a service of Holy Communion with imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday.
The service begins at 5 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 220 S. Wayne St.
At the service, those who attend, in addition to receiving Holy Communion, will be invited to be marked with a cross of ashes on their foreheads with the words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the beginning of Lent, the period in which Episcopalians and many other Christians prepare spiritually for the celebration of Easter.
The first African-American bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, Bishop Wright was born in an orphanage in Pittsburgh and adopted as an infant. After completing high school he served for five years as a United States Navy SEAL. He holds degrees from Howard University, Cambridge University and Virginia Theological Seminary.
After the service there will be a soup supper and time for conversation with the bishop. The public is invited.