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Lent at Old Saint Paul’s – 2023

In 2023, Lent runs from Ash Wednesday on 22 February until Holy Saturday on 8 April. Old Saint Paul’s will be offering additional services for this season of reflection and simple living. We also invite you to consider your own prayer practices and patterns of reflection and study during this time.


Ash Wednesday

Mass and Imposition of Ashes | 8:00am and 7:30pm | Wednesday 22 February

There will be a Low Mass at 8:00am and Solemn Mass at 7:30pm for Ash Wednesday, which both include the giving of ashes in the Choir Stalls. Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the middle ages people have started Lent by being marked with an ash Cross.


Throughout Lent

Lent Sermons Series – The Writings of St Paul | 10:30am – 12:00pm | Sundays in Lent

This Lent, we will be exploring aspects of St Paul’s writings with the help of some guest preachers. There will be facilitated discussions about the topics raised in the hall after mass. Stay for coffee and to reflect together – an ideal way to explore faith and learn more about each other while we’re gathered on Sundays. Our preachers are:


26 FebruaryThe Rev'd Prof Paul Foster, Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology (New College)
5 MarchThe Rev'd Prof Gordon Graham, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and the Arts (Princeton Theological Seminary)
12 MarchDr Lana Woolford, Iconographer and OSP People's Warden
19 MarchThe Rev'd Prof Alison Jack, Professor of Bible and Literature and Principal of New College
26 MarchThe Rev'd Prof Mark Harris, Professor of Natural Science and Theology (New College)


Other Services to join during Lent

Morning Prayer and Low Mass in the Choir Stalls. Daily. 8:00am start.

Midday Low Mass in the Lady Chapel on Mondays and in the Memorial Chapel on Fridays. 12:20pm start.

Contemplative Prayer Group on Tuesdays via Zoom. 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Contact the Rector for joining information.

Jesus Prayer in the Memorial Chapel on Thursdays. 5:00pm start.

The Nazareth Community Gathering on Thursdays in the Lady Chapel. 7:00pm – 8:00pm.


Flowers for Easter

Every Easter we fill the church with lilies. If you would like to remember a loved one or give thanks for something through the gift of a lily, please consider donating to our Flowers for Easter page.

Flowers for Easter 2023