Ash Wednesday – Imposition of Ashes

Date: Wednesday 18th February, 2015
Time: 8:00 am
Venue: St Mary's Parish Church


 A S H   W E D N E S D A Y

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

These words are spoken by the priest in Ash Wednesday services as s/he marks the sign of the cross in ashes on the foreheads of members of the congregation.
Sackcloth and ashes are traditionally symbols of repentance for past sins.

The priest prays:
‘Grant that these ashes may be for us a sign of our penitence
and a symbol of our mortality;
for it is by Your grace alone that we receive  eternal life in Jesus Christ, our Saviour.’

Ash Wednesday ushers in the penitential season of Lent in which we remember how Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness and was tempted by the devil.

‘Jesus said:
“Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”
Then the devil left Him,
and angels came and ministered to Him.’

( St Matthew 4, vv.10 & 11)