Ash Wednesday Informal Service of Holy Communion

3303487844_a1510285f8_o ash crossJoin us on Wednesday 18th February

at 7.30pm

for an informal Service of Holy Communion as we enter the season of Lent

Some words from Antony’s introduction for this service…

Lent became firmly attached to Easter, as the principal occasion for baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the Church’s fellowship for apostasy or serious faults. This history explains the characteristic notes of Lent – self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter, to which almsgiving has traditionally been added.

As the candidates for baptism were instructed in Christian faith, and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, to be readmitted to communion, the whole Christian community was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan.

Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross.

11th Feb 2015 Posted in: News by Fran Varley 0

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