Ash Wednesday

Date: Wednesday 10th February, 2016
Time: 12:01 am

A S H   W E D N E S D A Y  2016


‘My ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen You;
therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.’
( Job 42, verses 5 & 6 )

Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

8am – St Mary’s Parish Church

10am – St Thomas’s, Birchgrove
10am – All Saints’, Rhiwbina

7pm – All Saints’, Llandaff North
7pm – All Saints’, Rhiwbina

 

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)