I have just heard that the Revd Mark Ashton (Vicar of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge), after a long illness and a remarkable ministry in his last fifteen months, in which he constantly bore witness to the Christian hope of the Resurrection, died at 1.30 a.m. today (Easter Saturday).
Fiona, the Ashton family and everyone at St Andrew’s will be very much in my prayers and those of the whole diocese as we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and our salvation this weekend. It seems appropriate that the news of Mark’s own passage through death to a greater life will be shared with the church he has cared for, for so long, on Easter Day. He has served the Lord and the Lord’s people with faithfulness and distinction, and many others have come to the Lord through him. Alleluia!
Mark had already planned his funeral services: there will be a cremation, followed by two thanksgiving services in St Andrew the Great (to accommodate the large numbers expected). Nathan Buttery, who has been leading the Staff team during Mark’s absence will lead the services; two old friends of Mark will speak at them. It is hoped that details will be available on Tuesday or Wednesday.