Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a time of preparation and penitence.
Evensong ends with a procession around the empty Nave led by the choir singing the Litany, as we begin our walk through the wilderness of Lent.
Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence and there are three services throughout the day at which there is the opportunity to be marked with an ash cross as a sign of our need for forgiveness and God’s reconciling love in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The services on Ash Wednesday are as follows:
7.30 – Morning Prayer (said) – Our Lady Martyrdom
8.00 – Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes (said) – Quire
11.15 – Litany, Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion (said) (Book of Common Prayer) – Jesus Chapel, Crypt
17.30 – Choral Evensong and Litany in procession – Quire (and Nave)
18.30 – Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with hymns – Our Lady Undercroft