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Imposition of Ashes

An inspiring Ash Wednesday experience at the University of Glasgow’s Memorial Chapel sponsored by the Anglican Chaplaincy, part of the Interfaith Chaplaincy at the University of Glasgow.

Ash Wednesday

14 February 2024 • 10:00 pm

Candlelight illuminates a solemn late-night event accompanied by Allegri’s haunting ‘Miserere’ sung by the Chapel Choir in the University’s Memorial Chapel. Ashes are placed on the foreheads of all who desire them.

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The soundtrack of Ash Wednesday

Gregorio Allegri’s musical setting of Psalm 51, ‘Miserere,’ has accompanied the start of Lent for centuries. Its piercing stratospheric tones – recurring high Cs, two octaves above middle C – call Christians to repentance and prayer on Ash Wednesday. It’s one of those pieces of music that changes lives.

Where will you hear your high Cs this year?

It’s not just at any time or anywhere that you can experience these towering heights of sound. This Ash Wednesday (14 February), join the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir for a special performance of this impressive masterpiece.

At 10 pm in the Memorial Chapel, the Anglican Chaplaincy sponsors a late-night Imposition of Ashes. The night’s stillness, illuminated by candlelight, sets the stage for an extraordinary musical experience.

A special invitation

All are welcome to this service, whether seeking ashes or simply yearning to see and hear this profound event. This is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich musical and spiritual tradition.


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University of Glasgow Interfaith Chaplaincy

West Quadrangle
The University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The Anglican Chaplaincy

The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth
The Rev Canon Oliver Brewer-Lennon