Ash Wednesday Service Asks Princethorpe Community To Take One Small Step

‘This is our God, The Servant King, He calls us now to follow Him, To bring our lives as a daily offering, Of worship to The Servant King’, went the words of the classic worship song as staff and pupils entered the College Chapel for a special Mass on Ash Wednesday.

The theme for the service was ‘one small step’ and on entering the Chapel pupils and staff passed a pathway designed by Year 10 pupils Sophie Cheshire and Hannah Bryer to illustrate this. Explaining the theme Fr Alan Whelan MSC described the period of Lent as a journey of 40 days, a time for followers to reflect, discern and put faith into practice, no matter where the journey leads. The key to that journey beginning was, he pronounced, one small step of faith taken on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is both a communal and personal journey and pupils were invited to reflect on the ‘one small step’ they would personally take. Before receiving the ashes, they were asked to write their one small step on footprints which were then arranged by Year 7 pupils Chloe O’Carroll-Bailey, Erika Zanyi, and Amelie Hancock on the pathway.

This was followed by the assembled congregation watching a CAFOD video, reflecting on its message of the importance of taking that one small step and then Year 11’s Lara Vohrah and Year 8‘s Mark Dunkley read the prayers of Intersession.

Commented Head of Religious Studies, Spike Lane, “As Lent begins and we take our one small step of faith and action, we know that our God is a God who walks with us on our journey.”