My dear Friends
Lent is about to begin, so here’s a round-up of some of the events associated with it.
Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, falls this year on 6 March. There will be a service of Sung Communion at 8 pm. The service will include the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish to take part. You are probably familiar with the phrase ‘sackcloth and ashes’, which occurs in both the Old and New Testament, and was in biblical times a sign of sorrow, especially sorrow for one’s sins. During the service, as an act of penitence a small quantity of ash, mixed with oil for adhesion, is applied to the forehead of each participant by the minister (who also receives ashes himself), using appropriate words.
Compline is a short service (about 15 minutes) of quietness and reflection at the end of the day. It will be held at 7 pm in the Side Chapel each Sunday from 10 March to 14 April (except 7 April). Please note that the time is an hour later than last year.
The Lent Brunch (10 March) and Lent Course (starting 13 March)
are both advertised elsewhere in this edition of The Lych Gate, so I won’t repeat the details here. Suffice it to say that I would love to see lots of you at both. Old faces and new – all are welcome.