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Ash Wednesday Services

You are invited to join with the entire Cathedral community for one of three Ash Wednesday services on March 1, 2017.

7.30am Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes

12.10pm Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes

6.15pm Simple Supper for those attending 7.30 worship

7.30pm Choral Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes

The liturgy for Ash Wednesday begins with these words, words which set the tone for the service, and for the 40 days of Lent:

Dear friends in Christ,
every year at the time of the Christian Passover
we celebrate our redemption
through the death and resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration
and to renew our life in the paschal mystery.
We begin this holy season
by remembering our need for repentance,
and for the mercy and forgiveness
proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes,
an ancient sign,
speaking of the frailty and uncertainty of human life,
and marking the penitence of the community as a whole.

I invite you therefore, in the name of the Lord,
to observe a holy Lent
by self-examination, penitence, prayer,
fasting, and almsgiving,
and by reading and meditating on the word of God.
Let us kneel before our Creator and Redeemer.