A special service, including the imposition of ashes, mark the beginning of Lent. Guest Preacher: Rev’d Angela Tilby. With the choir: Miserere Mei – Rheinberger; Civitas Sancti Tui – Byrd.
Angela Tilby was, before her ordination, a radio and TV producer with the BBC. After her ordination she was Vice-Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge for six years, and then Vicar of St Benet’s Church in Cambridge. She became Diocesan Canon at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford and often contributed to ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio 4. She is now retired and living in Portsmouth.
Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. People wear the sign of the Cross in ash on their forehead, which is called the imposition of the ashes. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us, and are obtained from burning the previous year’s palm crosses. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, they speak the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”