Ash Wednesday Eucharist 22nd February

With Pancake Day just around the corner, you may be wondering when Ash Wednesday is in 2023.

Taking its name from the Christian tradition  of placing ashes on the foreheads of worshippers and reciting a vow of repentance, the observation bridges the gap between the indulgence of Shrove Tuesday and the period of fasting in Lent.

In 2023, Ash Wednesday is on Wednesday, 22 February. There will be special service at St Laurence at 10.30am and again at All Saints, Uplands at 7.30pm ( see poster )

Like Easter, the exact date of Ash Wednesday varies each year.

One thing that remains the same is that Ash Wednesday falls exactly 46 days before Easter Sunday.

A parishioner gets ashes during a special Ash Wednesday (Photo: Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the Christian observance of the Biblical story of Jesus Christ’s withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

The gesture is accompanied with the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel,” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” – phrases designed to remind worshippers of their mortality and the need to seek God’s forgiveness and grace.

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Communion during this time

In these unprecedented times, we are working hard to find imaginative solutions in a landscape that has been rapidly changing. Sometimes we get things right, and sometimes we miss the mark. I apologise that this has been the case regarding communion.

For those of you who have received wafers in a parcel, we would ask that you either consume them, or put them somewhere safe to bring back once we are able to be together again.

We are going to be sending out a new order of service for use during this time as either a simple service of the word or, on occasion, to help us to share an Agape meal together.

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