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Welcome on Ash Wednesday

posted 22 Feb 2012, 04:59 by Dean Fostekew
to the new look website for the Church of the Good Shepherd in the heart of Murrayfield.

Today is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent. It is the day when we Christians go to church to have an ash cross placed on our foreheads as a sign of penitence, a sign that we are sorry for any sins we have committed and we ask God to forgive us, knowing that he does if we are truly sorry. Lent is one of the 'purple' seasons in the Church's year, and it marks the time of preparation for the great festival of Easter. The other 'purple' time is Advent which prepares us for Christmas. In these purple seasons our services are a little less elaborate and there are no flowers - which helps us anticipate the glories and richness of the great celebrations to come.

I had hoped to create a prayer trail around the church garden using pictures of Jesus' way of the Cross but the wind was too strong to put them up. Hopefully, when the wind drops I can get them erected and then pray they don't blow down if the 'March winds' return.

Fr. Dean