Lent at Old Saint Paul’s
Date Posted: Wednesday 10 February 2016
Lent is the forty days before Easter Day, a time for self examination and penitence, a time to discover and remove the self-made barriers that keep us from God. It is a time to concentrate on values and priorities, and not a time for self punishment.
We 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 we try to engage more intentionally in 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.
In 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. The organ is used sparingly. There are no flowers for decoration. The vestments and hangings are purple or violet, the colour of penitence and renewal. At Easter these things will be used again in the liturgy, and the colour is joyful white.
If we keep a holy Lent, we will celebrate a joyful Easter.
During Lent, High Mass at 10.30am is shorter (approx. 70 minutes) to allow time after for those who would like to join in a discussion based on the sermon, ending by 12.45pm.
A Christian appreciation of some of the world’s faiths
- Sunday 14 February, Lent 1 Judaism, Rev Dr Jenny Wright
- Sunday 21 February, Lent 2 Sikhism, Canon Ian Paton
- Sunday 28 February, Lent 3 Hinduism, David Todd
- Sunday 6 March, Lent 4 Islam, Fr Anderson Jeremiah
- Sunday 13 March, Lent 5 Buddhism, Fr Ken Webb
Also on Sundays 8am Mass 10.10am Morning Prayer 6.30pm Evensong and Benediction (13 & 20 March Stations of the Cross)
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, Fr Ian is available to hear Confessions (in absolute confidence) after services or by appointment.