On Ash Wednesday (March 5th) visitors to Liverpool Cathedral will be offered a new way in which to mark the start of Lent.
Ash Wednesday, the start of the Christian season of repentance and reflection, is remembered by many by having a cross of ashes on their forehead to remind them of their human failings and to seek God's forgiveness.
This year, as well as giving out ashes during the usual Ash Wednesday services, Cathedral clergy will be available from 10am to 3:30pm to offer this ancient tradition and enable visitors to take a moment to pause and reflect.
Ashes to Go is a national movement that aims to allow as many people as possible to participate in the start of Lent.
Canon Paul Rattigan, The cathedral’s Canon for Discipleship said: “Ashes to Go provides the opportunity for people to participate in the Lent tradition even if they can’t get to a service. People are welcome to call in on their lunch hour or whenever they can during the day.
“We welcome hundreds of people each day, from close to home and around the world. Receiving ashes is one way in which Christians from around the world can be united – it is an open declaration that they are participating in a period of reflection and contemplation during Lent.
“We also hope that coming to the cathedral on Ash Wednesday, even just for a few minutes, can help inject some peace into the usual busy working day.”