Fifteen walkers and two dogs took part in the Rogation ramble from Barrowden to Tixover. We were blessed with perfect weather and enjoyed the hospitality that the good folk from Tixover provided after the service. Thank you to all who participated.
The season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday 1st March. Christopher leads a special service in South Luffenham Church at 7.30pm, with a Sermon, Holy Communion and for those who wish to take part, the Imposition of Ashes.
What is the Imposition of Ashes? The Church of England’s website says: Fasting, in Biblical times, was always associated with acts of repentance, along with ‘sackcloth and ashes’. People or communities who had sinned would wear sackcloth and sprinkle themselves with ashes, as an outward sign of their repentance.
The ‘ashing’ of repentant Christians was formerly only for public penitents…brought into the church before the Bishop, who would put ashes on their foreheads with the words “Repent, so that you may have eternal life”.
This became the Imposition of Ashes as we know it today. Only the words have changed: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
This is the fifth Sunday in January, and according to custom there is just one service in our Benefice, which is for everyone.
Please come to Tixover church, for 5pm and a special service to mark the feast of Candlemas. Refreshments after. The church will be lit by dozens and dozens of candles: it is a lovely service in a beautiful setting and all are welcome.
Candlemas is a celebration of the baby Jesus coming to the temple. In recent years the Benefice has met at Tixover to mark this event in the Church calendar. Please join us this year and stay afterwards for some Tixover hospitality.