St Peter’s Harrogate


Ash Wednesday - 14th February

The Imposition of the Ashes
On Ash Wednesday, Roman Catholic, Anglican and some other churches hold special services at which worshippers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes. This service draws on the ancient Biblical traditions of covering one’s head with ashes, wearing sackcloth and fasting as signs of repentance. As the minister makes the sign of the cross on each person’s forehead these words are said:
Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return.
Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ

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