There is a little bit of ash left over from last year and I’m wondering whether it will be enough for tonight. I’m also wondering whether I can get away with no sermon or homily. It all depends on who and how many turn up. I suspect the retired clergy will outnumber the laity. (The retired clergy include a lovely lovely arch deacon of whom I am in awe of and who must think that I am incredibly slap dash)
Should I make some more ash and if so where shall I do it? Last time I naively burnt some palm crosses in our utility room. I didn’t think about how bad the smoke would smell. That’s something they forgot to tell me at theological college! There is probably some ancient long forgotten ritual for doing it correctly and with decorum.
Shame it’s raining, otherwise I’d send the kids out into the garden. They like burning things.