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Ash Wednesday Services – March 1

9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist  with Imposition of Ashes

7:30 p.m. Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes



We are approaching the holiest season in the Christian Year. The word Lent comes from lengthening of days. Lent is forty days of preparation for Easter.  Lent has traditionally been observed in two ways, a time of repentance for past sins, and a time of instruction for living our new life in Christ. 

In the early days of the church preparation for baptism lasted up to three years.  Candidates were baptized at Easter and then admitted to the Lord’s Table to receive Holy Communion for the first time.  During the persecutions some Christians denied or betrayed their faith.  This resulted in excommunication from the community of the faithful.  Lent became a season of penitence and forgiveness so that sinners could be restored to the fellowship of the church in time to celebrate the Easter mysteries. 

For us Lent is a time to examine our lives in relationship to God and a time to mourn our separation from God.  Self-denial is one form of penance, often in the form of fasting.  Doing good deeds or giving to the poor are for us, more practical ways of showing a change of heart, a heart turned to God. One possible way of doing this is to regularly support the CCSC Food Drive throughout Lent by bringing a food donation each time you come to church.

The Lenten scriptures guide us through Jesus’s Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection which brought reconciliation with God.  We begin this journey with a reminder of our mortality on Ash Wednesday and end Lent  with Christ’s triumph over death on Good Friday.

In Jewish, Christian, and other religious traditions, many adherents practice fasting as a spiritual discipline. Typically referring to abstinence from food, we may understand fasting in a broad sense as refraining from any activity for the purpose of gaining clarity and reorganizing priorities. 

I Want a Fast

I want a fast from fast fast food

made in haste and eaten thus,

greasy quickly slickly packaged,

gobbled guzzled bolted gulped.

I want a fast from images

that set my body’s boundaries:




I want a fast from gluttony

of nations, systems, policies

that feed some well while others starve,

for grain, for bread, for dreams, for peace.


I want a fast, a long, slow fast

that lets us savor feasts, reclined

at tables newly dreamed and set

with justice for bread and peace for wine.


-Jan L. Richardson


CCSC Food Drive Donation Request List 



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8:30 a..m. Holy Eucharist (BCP)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (BAS)

Please join us for coffee or lunch after the service.

9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (BCP)

Office Hours - September to June
  Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. to Noon

86 Glasgow St. N. Guelph, N1H 4W2

To all who seek friendship,
To all who desire to grow
in relationship with God,
To all who pray
and to all who do not,
To all who mourn
or need comfort,
To all who are weary
and need rest,
To all who need a saviour,
and to all whoever will worship,
This church of St. James the Apostle
opens wide its doors
in the name
of Christ our Lord,
and says...