Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday

17 February 2021

Ash Wednesday
From Today’s Office of Readings:

“Cry and the Lord will answer; call and he will say, ‘I am here.'”

Isaiah 58:1-12


Introducing you to Hassan-Ali

Looking back to 2018:Hassan-Ali has been supported by JRS for several years. Hassan-Ali is a regular visitor to the Day Centre.

Like many of the refugees accompanied by JRS, Hassan-Ali came to the UK believing he would find safety and security. However, this dream of an open welcome is yet to be realised. His asylum claim has been rejected by the Home Office.

The little government support that Hassan-Ali had been receiving stopped once his claim had been refused. Hassan-Ali cannot support himself as it is against the law for him to work. For Hassan-Ali, it feels that he is deliberately forgotten: “The organisations such as the Home Office who are legally bound to look after and care for asylum seekers and refugees, such as me have simply decided to ignore their responsibilities”

“They leave the genuine refugees with no shelter, food and source of income.”


Hassan-Ali tells us his experience of seeking asylum has left him feeling forgotten and ignored, yet the prophet Isaiah tells us the Lord hears our cries and gives answer.

Do you believe the Lord hears Hassan-Ali’s cry and your own in times of distress?When has the Lord responded to your cry?





Hassan Ali came to the UK to seek sanctuary after fleeing his homeland. In doing so, he entered an asylum system which is often confusing, inadequate and hostile towards those who are going through it. During this Lent we wish to help you understand more about how the system works and the impact it has on refugee friends.
Read: Who is a refugee?


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