All events are in church unless otherwise stated

6 March Ash Wednesday:

10.00am Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes

4.00pm The Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

8.00pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Opportunities this Lent:

Attend the devotion Stations of the Cross Wednesdays 7.30pm

Attend a morning prayer (Monday-Thursday 9.00am; Friday 8.30am; Saturday 9.30am)

Attend an evening prayer (Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 5.00pm)

Attend a midweek eucharist (Tuesday 7.00pm, Wednesday 10.00am)

Try out the Ecumenical Lent course

Read a spiritual book, such as The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book

“Reconciliation”, by Muthuraj Swamy or “The Way of Ignatius: a prayer journey through Lent”, by Gemma Simmonds

Use the new resource “#LentPilgrim”, available from Church House Publishing or by phone or e-mail (to find out more, go to:

Use Bishop Martin’s Lent leaflet, “A Way of Living”, towards creating a Rule of Life

Make your confession or seek spiritual direction with one of the ministerial team

Do the Christian Aid ‘Count your blessings’ daily challenge (this year about Climate Change)

Consider fasting for a day, giving the money saved to a charity

Other dates this Lent:

Sunday 31 March Mothering Sunday 9.45am Family Eucharist

Monday 1 April 7.00 for 7.30pm Evening on the Year of Vocation with Bishop Mark “God has created me to do some definite service” at St Peter and St Paul, Rustington

Wednesday 3 April 12noon Super Soup lunch for Christian Aid at the vicarage

Thursday 4 April 7.30pm Chichester Voices concert

Sunday 7 April 5.00pm Choral Evensong

My Lent:


undertake these Lenten resolutions to grow in faith and devotion to our Lord:

The Prayer of St. Ephrem for Lent:

O Lord, Master of my life, preserve me from the spirit of sloth and distraction and the spirit of envy and vain speaking. Grant instead to me your servant the spirit of purity and humility and the spirit of patience and love. O Lord and King, give me grace to know my own sinsand not to think evil of my brothers and sisters for you are blessed for ever and ever.  Amen.

Holy Week:

Palm Sunday (14 April)

8.00am Holy Communion

9.45am Parish Eucharist with blessing of palms, procession & dramatic reading of the Passion

5.00pm Evening Prayer


7.00pm The Eucharist


12noon Chrism Eucharist at the Cathedral

7.00pm Seder (Passover) meal concluding with the Eucharist


10.00am Holy Communion

7.30pm Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday

8.00pm The Eucharist with foot-washing, followed by the Watch of the Passion overnight

Good Friday

10.00am Ecumenical Walk of Witness

12noon Children’s Way of the Cross

2.30pm The Liturgy of Good Friday, including veneration of the cross & dramatic reading of the Passion

Easter Day (21 April):

5.00am Easter Vigil & Dawn Eucharist, followed by champagne breakfast

8.00am Holy Communion

9.45am Family Eucharist

5.00pm Celtic Evening Prayer


Saturday 27 April Day Pilgrimage to Romsey Abbey

Sunday 28 April 5.00pm Nones

Sunday 19 May Beating the Bounds (prayer walk around the parish)

Thursday 30 May Ascension Day

30 May-9 June Thy Kingdom Come (global prayer movement)

Sunday 9 June Pentecost

Meditation by Blessed John Henry Newman (in this Year of Vocation):

God has created me to do some definite service.  He has committed some work to me, which He has not committed to another.  I have my mission.  I may never know it in this world, but I shall be told it in the next.  I am a link in the chain.  A bond of connection between persons.  He has not created for naught.  I shall do good.  I shall do His work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments.  Therefore I will trust Him, whatever, wherever I am.  I can never be thrown away.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.  He does nothing in vain.  He knows what He is about.  He may take away my friends.  He may throw me among strangers.  He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me…still…He knows what He is about.