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Lent at Old Saint Paul’s

Date Posted: Saturday 04 February 2012

Lent begins on 22 February, and is the forty days and six Sundays before Easter Day, a time for self examination and penitence, a time for deeper reflection to discover and remove the self-made barriers that keep us from God.  It is a time to concentrate on fundamental values and priorities, and not a time for self punishment.

Many people choose to mark the season of Lent by giving up some things and taking on others. Both serve to mark the season as a time of preparation. This is also why people try to engage more intentionally in study and learning about the faith.  For those who can, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and Fridays throughout Lent,  may be appropriate days of fasting (eating and drinking more sparingly). Lent is also an appropriate time for the Sacrament of Confession.

Throughout Lent, the liturgy takes on a simpler tone. The ‘Kyrie eleison’ (Lord have mercy) is sung instead of the Gloria. The word “Alleluia” is not used in the words of the liturgy or hymns. The organ is used sparingly. There are no flowers for decoration. The colour of the vestments and hangings is purple, to reflect the spirit of penitence and renewal. At Easter all these things will be used again in the liturgy, and the colour will be joyful white and gold.

During Lent, High Mass at 10.30am is being slightly shortened (approx. 70 minutes) to allow time afterwards for those who would like to join in a discussion based on the sermon, ending by 12.45pm. (The titles below are provisional.)

  • Sunday 26 February, Lent 1   Temptation – Canon Ian Paton
  • Sunday 4 March, Lent 2,   Letting Go – Fr Stephen Holmes
  • Sunday 11 March, Lent 3   Religion – Bp Richard Holloway
  • Sunday 18 March, Lent 4   Trust – Fr John Hughes, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Sunday 25 March, Lent 5   Glory – Canon Ian Paton

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