Each year on Ash Wednesday Pax Christi and other Christian peace activists organise a prayer vigil of repentance and resistance to nuclear war preparations outside the Ministry of Defence. It’s a beautiful and thought-provoking service, involving prayer, song and symbolic actions. This usually includes an act of nonviolent civil disobedience – those involved in this prepare beforehand together – so don’t worry we will not be asking you to take part in this way.
Since Ash Wednesday this year falls during the half term break (18 February) we think it’s a good opportunity to encourage educators (teachers, catechists, youth workers and others) to join the service and then reflect on it together.
We will gather beforehand (2 pm) for a briefing so everyone knows what to expect, join in the prayer vigil (3 – 4.30) and then heading somewhere warm for a cup of tea and a opportunity to reflect on what we have experienced (finishing around 5.30).