Ash Wednesday – 14 February 2024

A colourful image of the cross with the text "The Forty Days of Lent: Return to the Lord your God"

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream will begin shortly before the services begins at 10 am. You are able to watch or re-watch it on YouTube at this link at any later time.

The order of service is available here. It includes the readings, all the responses, and the words of the hymns, to help you join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the day and the readings we’ll hear:
On Ash Wednesday we begin our forty-day journey toward Easter with a day of fasting and repentance. Marking our foreheads with dust, we acknowledge that we die and return to the earth. At the same time, the dust traces the life-giving cross indelibly marked on our foreheads at baptism. While we journey through Lent to return to God, we have already been reconciled to God through Christ. We humbly pray for God to make our hearts clean while we rejoice that “now is the day of salvation.” Returning to our baptismal call, we more intentionally bear the fruits of mercy and justice in the world.