February '18


The Vicar writes…

John Donne’s poem, “Upon the Annunciation and the Passion falling upon one day” written in 1608 is a reflection upon these two crucial events falling on the same day. The same happened in 2005 and 2014, but will not happen again for the rest of this century.

This year, two unusual collisions occur in the calendar. Ash Wednesday falls on 14th February, which to most of the population is “Valentines Day”. Easter Day falls on 1st April, or April Fools day. There is some irony in both!

Valentines Day has become a day for romantic and over the top gestures, for roses, chocolates, teddy bears, wine and fancy dinners, whilst Ash Wednesday of course calls for quite the opposite. Ash Wednesday calls for fasting not feasting, and for moderation not indulgence. On Ash Wednesday we are marked with the sign of the cross in ash and encouraged to reflect on our mortality and our dependence on God.

It may seem that Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday are a complete contrast, but there is one key theme that unites the two – that of love. If Valentines Day encourages us to think about visible signs of love and outward gestures, Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season which follows encourage us to look deeper within, to the love of God which holds each of us, in life and in death and beyond. During Lent we are encouraged to turn back to God where we will find our true heart’s desire and our one true love.

“You move us to delight in praising You; for You have made us for Yourself,
and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
The Confessions of St Augustine


With love & prayers for a holy Lent filled with the love of God,

Mother Penny



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