Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and we gathered at lunchtime at St Mary Magdalen for our traditional service of Holy Communion for St Mary's, St James, and St Anne's churches, the three churches which together make up the Bermondsey Group Ministry.

A good congregation from all three churches gathered together to hear the Lent readings, to pray, to sing, to take Holy Communion and to receive the sign of the cross in ash on our foreheads, as the words 'turn from your sins and believe the good news' were said to each of us.

As begin our journey through Lent to the great celebration of our faith at Easter, the words of one of the hymns seemed particularly appropriate:

Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er us,
All our weaknesses Thou dost know,
Thou didst tread this earth before us,
Thou didst feel its keenest woe,
Tempted, taunted, yet undaunted,
Through the desert Thou didst go.

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