Ash Wednesday marks an important turning point in the Christian year; beyond the Christmas season (which doesn’t officially finish until 2nd February) and on towards Holy Week and Easter.
On Ash Wednesday there are two services which mark this transition. The service of ‘Ashing’ is an ancient custom where the ashes made from last year’s palm crosses of Palm Sunday are used to mark on the worshiper forehead a smudged cross as a sign and symbol of the penitential season that is beginning.
There is a service at the usual Wednesday time of 12.35pm and this will be repeated at 7.30pm. Wednesday 1st March.
If you are making an observance of Lent, perhaps through one of the resources that St. Peter’s is offering, why not come along and begin with the ash Wednesday Ashing Service.