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A Spiritual Journey
Ash Wednesday worship is a special part of many faiths. It falls on February 10th in 2016, the day after Shrove Tuesday. It is the first day of Lent, also known as the Day of Ashes. Ash Wednesday leads into the time of Lent. Lent is part of a pilgrimage to the time of Easter, a spiritual journey. A time of reflection, prayer, penance, repentance and traditionally self-denial, this blessing of ashes will happen in places of worship throughout the world.
Ashes to Ashes The practice of rubbing ashes into one's forehead is an ancient sign. Ashes were used as a way of expressing grief. Ashes are also a sign of penitence. From about the time of the middle ages the custom of being marked with the sign of the cross on Ash Wednesday has been practiced. Ash Wednesday takes people out of their normal routine of worship and life and sets people on a time of prayer and preparation, fasting and repentance throughout Lent.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Dust to Dust
The palms from Palm Sunday are burnt and blessed and then placed on the heads of people in worship. The worship can include the words 'Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return'. Other traditions will commemorate this time by quiet contemplation.
Imposition of Ashes St Peter's Cathedral will have three worship services on Ash Wednesday, with the Imposition (putting on) of Ashes. 7.30am Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes (Lady Chapel). 10.00am Traditional rite Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes (Lady Chapel). 6.30pm Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (Nave). Other churches in your city will have their own worship times. Further information on St Peter's Cathedral is available on their website.