Category Archives: Ash Wednesday

Dust and ashes

This Wednesday (March 2) is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the beginning of the season which leads up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Ash Wednesday has its roots in the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting and many Christians mark the day by going to church and having a mark of ashes placed on their foreheads. Here in the parish there will be a service of ashing at St Mark’s at noon, and at St John’s at 7.30pm.

We are being encouraged to make Ash Wednesday a time of prayer and fasting for Ukraine.

The ash is made by burning palm crosses, like the ones we use at the Palm Sunday services each year, and you can receive the mark with the words:

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.”

It is a solemn reminder of our calling to follow Christ and be his body here on earth.

Picture by Ahna Ziegler. Unsplash.

Ash Wednesday during lockdown

Wednesday (17th) is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, though for most of us it has felt like Lent for a long time.

On Ash Wednesday many Christians go to church and have a mark of ashes placed on their foreheads as a symbol of repentance and following God. This year there are still services but there are differences as we will be following Covid guidelines.

There will be a service at St Mark’s at 12pm and St John’s at 7.30pm and there will also be a service here online and on Facebook and YouTube from 9am. You will need to bring your own ash suitable to place on your forehead and if you need advice on how to make it, watch this video here, courtesy of St Nics, Durham: