Lent at Old Saint Paul’s
Date Posted: Sunday 26 February 2017
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.
The five marks of mission
- Sunday 5 March, Lent 1 Tell - To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom, Mtr Annie Naish, Bishop’s Enabler of Mission
- Sunday 12 March, Lent 2 Teach - To teach, baptise and nurture new believers, Canon Ian Paton
- Sunday 19 March, Lent 3 Tend - To respond to human need by loving service, David Todd, Lay Reader
- Sunday 26 March, Lent 4 Transform - To transform unjust structures of society, Mtr Jenny Wright
- Sunday 2 April, Lent 5 Treasure - To safeguard the integrity of creation, Canon Ian Paton
British Summer Time starts at 1 am, Sunday 26 March; clocks go forward one hour.
Also on Sundays 8am Mass 10.10am Morning Prayer 6.30pm Evensong and Benediction (2 & 9 April 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.