St Eugene’s Cathedral
Francis Street, Derry
Tel: 028 7126 2302
On Ash Wednesday, we begin again our Lenten journey of renewal and conversion.
Traditionally, on this day we have our foreheads marked with ashes in the sign of the Cross with the words: 'Dust you are and into dust you shall return'
We pray that Lent 2024 will be a journey of renewal for families, for the community, and for the world.
Ash Wednesday - A Day of Fast and Abstinence
There is an obligation to fast (one main meal and two light meals in the course of the day) and to abstain from meat.
The law of fasting obliges all Catholics (except the sick) between the ages of 18 and 59 years.
The law of abstinence obliges all Catholics over the age of 14 years
To prepare for His mission of proclaiming Your
kingdom to the world
Your Son Jesus was guided by Your Holy Spirit to the
quiet of the desert.
In these Lenten days, I pray that I will be guided by
that same Spirit,
to a place of renewal in my heart and mind, so that I
will seek opportunities for
daily personal prayer, personal sacrifices and acts of
With Your help, may I too be truly prepared to share in the story of the passion,
death and resurrection of Jesus Your Son, our Lord.
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