4 pm Eucharist & Ashes — St Matthew’s, New Waltham
7.30 pm Eucharist & Ashes — All Saints, Waltham
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.
It is a day set aside for prayer, fasting, and worship.
The Ash Wednesday service is intentionally reserved — there will be time for silent prayer and reflection, as we try to strip away the defences that get us through each day, and come before God, accepting our own fragility. As a sign of this, there is shared action: we move to the altar rail, and receive the sign of the cross in ash on our foreheads. Then we hear again the words of God’s forgiveness and desire for our fullness of life.
Then, we celebrate the eucharist together, and receive the body of Christ, that we are becoming.
Lent always seems to sneak up on us. It’s worth taking time for this day of prayer and preparation, so that we can travel through the 40 days of Lent, Cultivating all that gives life, and Letting Go of all that hinders.