Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth. The ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
The ashes are made from the palms blessed at the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. They are christened with Holy Water. Whilst the ashes symbolise penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and good to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.
Wednesday 1st March 2017
12:15pm Said Mass with imposition of ashes
7:30pm Sung Mass with imposition of ashes
As the Presentation of the Lord, or Candlemas, comes round, it is hard to think that 40 days have elapsed since we celebrated Christmas. Candlemas brings to an end the Christmas cycle.
In the East, this feast was called “Coming to Meet”. Jesus is brought into the temple and is met by the ideal representatives of the Old Covenant, Simeon and Anna, who recognise the tiny baby as the light for all nations.
Just as Simeon and Anna recognised Jesus as their Lord, we too recognise him when we break bread and listen to his word, as we await his “coming to meet” us in final glory.
Monday 5th February 2015
Sung Mass at 7:30pm