Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

A service to begin the church season of Lent, held this year on the 14th February with a service in St Andrew's at 7.30pm. A service to begin the 40 days of preparation for Easter, mirroring the 40 days of Jesus fasting in the wilderness before his ministry began. During the service we receive a ash cross on our foreheads in the place where out baptismal cross was placed. This reminds us of our need to repent of our sins. In the Old Testament, those needing to repent sit for a time in 'sack cloth and ashes'. In times gone by, we would fast for the 40 days (not including the Sunday each week which remains a feast day), and not have good food and fine wine. This is why we have the tradition of 'Shrove Tuesday' a double meaning of confessing all sins before the season of Lent, and also pancakes, which we have come to love so much, was a way of using up the 'good food' before the fasting began. Nowadays I wander what be the same sacrifice of giving up, 'Social Media' our favourite game on our phone. Maybe the daily crossword in the paper. The idea behind lent these days is to spend more time with God, more time helping people, so it is time that we need to make in order to do this. (Also it never hurts to give up chocolate, crisps and biscuits).

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