Sunday, 27 February 2022

Church Service on Ash Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Please note: Because of the current COVID situation, we will not be meeting at ARDA for an Ash Wednesday Service. Instead, we invite you to access our online Worship Resources linked below.

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However, we are planning on resuming our face to face gatherings on March 06.

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Please use the Worship Resources provided here (click on this link) for an Ash Wednesday Service.


Temptation of Christ, Stained glass, Priory Church, Bolton Abbey, UK

Medieval stained glass in churches had a two-fold purpose – partly to teach an illiterate congregation through pictures but also, more importantly, to create an image of heavenly glory in coloured light which would draw people’s eyes upwards to thoughts of heaven.  The great nineteenth century architect and artist, Augustus Pugin, who designed a large part of the Palace of Westminster, also designed this glass for Bolton Priory in 1851, continuing the medieval ideal by presenting the whole Gospel in thirty-six powerful scenes from the life of Jesus, from the Annunciation to Pentecost, against a background of intricate, jewel-bright colours, the intense blue being perhaps the most attractive of all.


 The readings for this Ash Wednesday


Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17
First Reading:  Joel 2:1-2; 12-17
Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6;16-21


Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God, 

you hate nothing you have made 

and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:

Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, 

that we, worthily lamenting our sins 

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, 

perfect remission and forgiveness; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.