Ash Wednesday Mass Timetable

Ash Wednesday falls on 26th February 2020            

  • 7.00am   Amberley
  • 9.00am  Cheviot
  • 12 noon  Leithfield (Fourviere House of Prayer & Retreat – Beatitudes
  • 5.00pm Culverden
  • 7.00pm Hawarden

Please note that there is no such thing as a “Vigil” or “anticipatory Mass” for Ash Wednesday.  It is not a solemnity nor a Feast and not a Holy Day of Obligation.  There has never been any Liturgical provision for the celebration of Ash Wednesday on the Tuesday Evening.


Lent recalls the forty days of our Lord’s fasting in the desert, which He undertook before entering into His public ministry. We read in the Gospel: “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry” (Mt 4,1-2). Like Moses, who fasted before receiving the tablets of the Law (cf. Ex 34,28) and Elijah’s fast before meeting the Lord on Mount Horeb (cf. 1 Kings19,8), Jesus, too, through prayer and fasting, prepared Himself for the mission that lay before Him, marked at the start by a serious battle with the tempter”     Pope Benedict XVI