And when things are busy (or I'm sick) then the blog goes not just to the bottom of the list but into oblivion! The last week has had both events in equal measure.
Working backwards quickly ... Ash Wednesday ... the first of four services was at 7.30 am. This is the service of penitence with the imposition of ashes ... not a big congregation at that hour of the morning! Before anyone arrived it was rather good just to sit in the side chapel in the quiet while it was still dark outside.
The previous day was Shrove Tuesday ... however for our Mothers' Union and Ladies' Guild it was CHRISTMAS!
What with Ash Wednesday and Christmas ... it is time to think about holidays! I happened to see the Italy photographs on the bookshelf so enjoyed a bit of looking back on a great trip a long, long time ago! Twenty years now!
Hopefully I'll get back to that wonderful country this summer ... a different part ... photographs galore, no doubt!
So ... just a quick flick back over the last eight days ... and a Lenten intention of getting back to a daily note or two ....
The Ash Wednesday Collect ...
Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.