Ash Pyxis Tan-Brown - Handcrafted Stoneware by Holbrook
This well-designed and serviceable Ash Pyxis offers convenience, functionality, and ease of use for your Ash Wednesday Service. This attractive Tan Earthenware holder with etched palm leaf and a glaze of varying shades of tan and brown woven throughout is 5” high x 3 1/2" wide and holds 4 oz or 124 grams (enough to serve approximately 250 people).
This product is dishwasher safe, microwave safe, oven safe, and completely lead free.
“Pyxis” is Greek for “box”
Ash Wednesday inaugurates the season of Lent. During this special service we confront our mortality and confess our sins within the community of faith.
Some churches observe Ash Wednesday with distribution of ashes, reading prayers of repentance, and with other services offered from the pulpit.
In ancient days, people marked times of fasting, prayer, repentance, mourning, and remorse by placing ashes on their foreheads. During Lent, ancient Christians mourned their sins and repented of them; it was appropriate for them to show their sincerity by placing ashes on their foreheads. The custom has survived in the church.
The traditions of Ash Wednesday came up as a part of the Lenten customs during the late 5th century. Penitence and fasting are two of the key distinctives of Lent. And thus also of the Ash Wednesday, which marks the onset of a period of sober reflection, self-examination, and spiritual redirection.