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The Dean Writes:
Dear Parishioners and Friends around the world,
This year, the Season of Lent begins on St. Valentine's Day - 14th February and ends on 31st March. Lent serves as a time
of preparation in the run-up to Easter and is observed from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday. In many churches the
bright colours which followed Christmas will be replaced by the more sombre colour of purple, and it is the custom to remove
flowers (during Holy Week) and to choose hymns which also reflect the season. On Easter day the brightness of the flowers, the hymns and Alleluia will be reinstated, thus adding to the joy and celebration of the day.
Lasting forty days, many Christians draw inspiration from the account of Jesus being tempted in the desert where, for forty days, Jesus, ‘full of the Holy Spirit’, was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing and at the end of the time ‘was hungry’. For Jesus, this time in the desert immediately preceded what is seen as the start of His ministry. It was for Him, a time of preparation. Lent should not be viewed as a compulsory act, rather as a fantastic opportunity to set time apart for spiritual cleansing, renewal, and preparation. Christians believe that because it was the sin of man that led to Jesus being crucified, Lent should be used as a time to reflect on the significance of Christ’s death, both for humanity as a whole and for their own lives. Furthermore, the season should serve as a time of self-examination and confession of sins, of overcoming faults through penance, self-denial from certain items (fasting), of prayer and repentance, and of giving (both financially and in time).
The season of Lent is also about finding true and lasting joys. A joy that can be present even in situations of suffering losses. The disciplines of Lent do sound rigorous, but sometimes we need to abstain from the shallow entertainment in life to be able to get to true happiness. That true happiness can be found in the exciting (even adventurous) purpose God has for our lives, in the loving and caring relationship between God and us and between all of us whom he created in His image regardless of any difference!
So, this season, I invite you to attend church during Lent wherever you are in the world. In our own cathedral, there are three services to choose from on Sundays and there are two mid-week services (11am and 7.30pm). Come along, perhaps to get answers you may never have expected, to find joy in all - even hard situations, and possibilities for your life you never thought possible!
In this season of Lent 2018, let us celebrate our awesome God, our Cathedral Church Family, and our faith in Christ.
A major exhibition, fascinating in content and sponsored by The Church's Mission Among Jewish People (CMJ) entitled The Bible Comes to Life’ will be rolled out in St Macartin’s Cathedral Halls from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March this year. Please don't miss it! For information, click on the blue ball:
ASH WEDNESDAY-TIME TO ADMIT YOU ARE SORRY
Have you done something which haunts you? Which makes you feel restless and defensive, every time you think of it? Why not deal with it this month, and put it behind you? Whatever your mistake has been, consider what the Bible has to say to you:
‘I have not come to call the virtuous but sinners to repentance’ (said Jesus). (Luke 5.32)
‘Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.’ (Isaiah 55.7)
‘Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.’ (Joel 2:12-13)
God is inviting you to come to him this Ash Wednesday. What a wonderful offer! Make the most of it, and remember how the prodigal son was welcomed back by his compassionate father.
ASH WEDNESDAY (14th February): 7.30pm - Penitential Service with Holy Communion
Thursday 15th February 11.00am - Holy Communion
Wednesday 21st February 7.30pm- Compline
Thursday 22nd February 11.00am - Holy Communion
Wednesday 28th February 7.30pm - Compline
Thursday 1st March 11.00am - Holy Communion
Wednesday 7th March 7.30pm - Compline
Thursday 8th March 11.00am - Holy Communion
Wednesday 14th March 7.30pm - Compline
Thursday 15th March 11.00am - Holy Communion
Wednesday 21st March 7.30pm - Compline
Thursday 22nd March 11.00am - Holy Communion