Prayer for the Year of the Bible

Blessed Lord,
who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them
that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.  The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’  But he answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’
(Matthew 4: 1-4)

1 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 & Saturday 9.20am; Friday 8.30am)

Attend a midweek eucharist (Tuesdays 7.00pm, Wednesdays 10.00am)

Try out the Diocesan Year of the Bible course “Hear the Word of the Lord” on a Tuesday morning, Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday evening or Sunday evening

Join an ecumenical Lent group

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

“Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace”

Make your confession or seek spiritual direction with one of the clergy

Do the Christian Aid Count your blessings daily challenge

Consider fasting for a day and money saved can go to a charity

Other dates this Lent

Friday 3 March 10.00am Women’s World Day of Prayer service at Our Lady of Sorrows

Saturday 4 March 9.30am-12noon Lenten Creative Quiet Morning

Sunday 19 March 5.00pm Choral Evensong

Sunday 26 March Mothering Sunday 9.45am Family Eucharist

Thursday 6 April 12noon at the vicarage Super Soup lunch for Christian Aid

My Lent:

I,…

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

Holy Week

Palm Sunday (9 April)

8.00am Holy Communion

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

5.00pm Compline

Monday

7.30pm The Eucharist

Tuesday

12noon Chrism Eucharist at the Cathedral

7.00pm Seder (Passover) meal concluding with the Eucharist

Wednesday

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 (16 April)

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

8.00am Holy Communion

9.45am Family Eucharist

5.00pm Evening Prayer

Eastertide

Saturday 22 April Day Pilgrimage

Sunday 14 May Beating the Bounds

Thursday 25 May Ascension Day

Sunday 4 June Pentecost, followed by 50th anniversary full peal on bells 2-5pm