Ash Wednesday Services


On Ash Wednesday; 6 March; St Bede’s and St Joseph’s held six Ashes Services to mark the start of Lent 2019 at our college.

The three services held at Ardor, were led ably, by a dozen Y10 Faith in Action students.
Three of the services were held at Ignis, led by Junior House, Student Ecclesia Leaders.

As students entered the halls for these service, the music of ‘10,000 Reasons’ played and when all were present, the service began, with the narrator saying: 

          “Father in heaven, you guide and direct us on our journey through life.”

to which all responded: ‘Be with us in a special way as we begin this Lenten season of repentance’.

Readings followed, from the feast day of Ash Wednesday; starting with the letter of St Paul to the people of Corinth. This reading ended with us being told that ‘this is the day of salvation.’

A fitting reminder for us all, that we are judged by what we do each day of our lives.

The Gospel followed, one which focused on the three main things we should do during Lent; Pray, Fasting and Almsgiving – not just that we should do these three but also on how to do them!

The Ashes

·         when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you
·         when you fast, do not put on a gloomy look
·         when you pray, do not do it just so that all other can see you 

Prayers of Intercession were then read out and this was followed by distribution of Ashes to the words of ‘Repent and believe the Good News’

Senior Students form Y13 distributed the Ashes at all six services.

Chris Copley, Lay Chaplain