Lent at Old Saint Paul’s
Date Posted: Wednesday 05 March 2014
Lent began on 5 March, 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.
- Sunday 9 March, Lent 1 Baptism and Confirmation
- Sunday 16 March, Lent 2, Matrimony and Relationships
- Sunday 23 March, Lent 3 Holy Orders and Service
- Sunday 30 March, Lent 4 Healing and Hope
- Sunday 6 April, Lent 5 Reconciliation and Forgiveness
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Repentance and forgiveness are part of any Christian life. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the sign of the Church’s forgiveness offered to every individual. It is open to all but compulsory for none.
During Lent, a priest is available to hear Confessions (in absolute confidence) after services or by appointment.