The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lenten reminders

Alabama congregation embraces ritual involving nails, cross and flowers

Dan Dahl, pastor of Shades Valley Lutheran Church, Birmingham, Ala., holds spike-shaped nails that members carry beginning on Ash Wednesday.

Photo Courtesy The Birmingham News<Then on Good Friday, members listen silently as each person hammers their nail into an 8-foot wooden cross, made by parishioner Barry Luther.

For Easter worship, leaders attach wire mesh to the nails and fill the holes with flowers. "It reminds us that it was a costly grace," Dahl told The Birmingham News.


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