SERVICE of HOLY COMMUNION with the IMPOSITION OF ASHES
WEDNESDAY 6th March 2019
ST PETER & ST PAUL, LONGHOUGHTON 10.30am
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, ALNMOUTH 6.00pm
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. The characteristic themes of Lent are self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter, to which almsgiving has traditionally been added.
Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the Middle Ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross.