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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It is often marked by a service of Ashing when the sign of the cross is made on the forehead using the burnt remains of the previous year's palm crosses as a symbol of humility, repentance and mortality.

Traditionally the priest wears purple vestments on this day.

To mark Ash Wednesday in 2007, (21st February)a service of Ashing and Holy Communion will take place at 7.30 pm in Farthingstone.