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Ash Wednesday 2020

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter lie at the heart of the Christian faith. Come and share this time together as our vast sacred spaces are brought to life with the glory of seasonal worship and music.

Ash Wednesday is an important day for Christians. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent – a season of reflection, penitence and fasting, and of preparation for Easter. At certain times throughout the day, the Imposition of Ashes will take place – a service where ashes are blessed and the sign of the cross is made, in ash, on the forehead of worshippers. Ash is a sign of mortality – a reminder that we shall all die. The sign of the cross reminds us of Jesus’ death – which was followed by his being raised to new life. Ash Wednesday reminds us that through ‘dying’ to all that is self-centred in our lives, we may, through faith in Jesus, share in the fullness of life he came to bring.

The Minster is given to prayer and worship today. All are welcome, whether to join acts of worship, to pray on their own or to wander around.

Service times:

Imposition of the Ashes at 11.00am and 2.00pm

Holy Communion with Imposition of the Ashes at 7.50am and 12.30pm

Solemn Eucharist with Imposition of the Ashes at 17.15pm

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