Ash Wenesday

This Wednesday (1st March 2017) is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent. According to ancient tradition the period of forty days before Easter is observed as a time of fasting and penitence. There are two services in the benefice on Ash Wednesday when you are invited to participate in communion and to receive, if you wish, the Imposition of Ashes. This involves coming forward to have the sign of the cross made on your forehead with ash made from the burning of last year’s palm crosses, and reminds us of our own mortality and the need to assess what is really important in our lives.