Friday, 7 March 2014

Lent – Anointing with Ashes

The season of Lent started on Wednesday, when we joined with other Oadby churches at Trinity Methodist Church for a joint Lent service. In Lent we remember the hardships of life, including its temptations, as we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, right at the beginning of his ministry, being tempted by the devil.

During the service, the Minister anointed each worshipper’s forehead with ashes in the sign of the cross, while he spoke these words: “remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

As Jesus fasted in the wilderness he was at his most frail. For us, too, Lent is a time to remember our frailty and our dependence on God. Unlike Jesus, we have not always succeeded in resisting temptation. But the wonder of the cross is that it reminds us that He has forgiven us.