IWU News Advisory
Contact Taylar Kuzniar 309/556-3181
January 31, 2005
Event: University Chapel Hour and Special Events and Services presents: All University
Ash Wednesday Service
Date: Feb. 9 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Evelyn Chapel
1301 N. Park St., Bloomington
Admission: Free and open to the public
Background: The celebration of Ash Wednesday will be led by Rev. Howard Bruce Bowlin,
rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bloomington.
Originating in circa A.D. 900, Ash Wednesday is a Christian holiday held 40 days before
Good Friday during which a priest makes the sign of the cross on the foreheads of
each celebrant. The worshippers typically leave the marks on their foreheads until
after sundown as a symbol of human mortality and a reminder of prayer, humility, and
The ashes, a symbol of mourning and penance are made from burnt palm fronds from the
previous year's Palm Sunday. The ashes are then sprinkled with holy water, scented
with incense, and blessed by a priest. When rubbed onto the forehead in the shape
of the cross, the ashes are a sign of ownership to Jesus Christ.
Father Bowlin has a Master of Divinity degree from The Protestant Episcopal Seminary
in Alexandria, Va. and served in the Marine Corps for 20 years as a member of the
U.S. Marine Corps Band, where he was head of the music production staff.
Contact: For additional information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan Chaplain's office
at (309) 556-3005.