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Ash Wednesday at Holy Cross Parish

On Wednesday, 22nd February the Church begins the Holy Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. As is done on Good Friday, the faithful (those within the required age to fast) must abstain from eating meat. In addition it is highly recommended that those who wish to receive ashes, receive them in the context of attending Mass. (Courtesy of

Within the parish, there will be 4 opportunities on Ash Wednesday, at varying times throughout the day to allow everyone an opportunity to attend Holy Mass and begin Lent in a prayerful manner.

Holy Trinity Church, Granville: 8:00am and 7:00pm
Holy Family Church, East Granville: 9:30am and 6:00pm

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.