The first of a selection of items by myself and Marjorie Dobson for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter to appear regularly over the coming weeks.
Ashes come from crosses Ashes come from crosses, symbolically palm-leafed for joyful jubilation, yet shaped for betrayal and condemnation. Crosses carried last Lent as emblems of enlightenment and hand-held holiness, now tired and tainted by a year of faults and failing to follow the sacrificial example set by the crucified Christ. So ashes of symbols become badges of repentance to be warily worn, not as a display of duty to be proudly presented as an outward sign of hollow holiness, but as a reminder of those times when our hopes turn to ashes, as our welcoming of Christ’s kingdom is overwhelmed by the opinions of the crowd and easily influenced into denial and defeat. © Marjorie Dobson