It never ceases to amaze me how quickly Lent comes after the end of Christmastide (2nd February Candlemas). this year it seems to be even closer with Ash Wednesday coming only 16th days after Candlemas. No sooner has the white altar frontal been replaced by the green one, then that one's off and the altar is left bare for Lent. I sometimes wonder for anyone who is not a churchgoer how they might see the stories relating to the life of Christ. For in the Church Year no sooner is Jesus born than he is an adult, living in the wilderness who is then arrested and executed. Sometimes I think the church year goes a bit too fast.At the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield, we are keeping the start of Lent with two services on Ash Wednesday (18th) at 10am and 7.30pm with an Eucharist and ashing at both times. I always find Ash Wednesday a moving service for as one is ashed one is reminded of one's mortality and the shortness of life. It makes one reflect upon how one lives and what one hopes for.
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