lent

THE SEASON OF LENT

Lent 2021

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and takes us through to Easter.

Here are some notes on Ash Wednesday, Lent “Zoom Wednesdays” and Observing Lent:

 

Lent “Zoom Wednesdays”

Our priests, Andy and Graham invite you to join them on Zoom (like they did during Advent) on five Wednesdays, to mark the Lent Season.


These will be Wednesday 24th February and the first four Wednesdays in March (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th).

We will begin at 9.45am with shared prayer. Then, a study and reflection session. We will end with “Zoom Coffee” at 1045/1100, once again hijacking the Wednesday tradition established by Sue Oldrey.

We hope you will take up this opportunity for Lent!

 

Observing Lent

Lent is a time when we can re-energize our Christian life in a number of ways:

-       attending the Lent “Zoom Wednesdays” (see above)

-       finding time for quiet and prayer each day. You could use the free Pause for Thought books that we distributed, written by Graham Smith. If you don’t have a copy, one can be supplied. There are many forms of prayer online.

For example, see the options on this page of the Church of England’s website:

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

…..or if you are comfortable with downloading and using apps, have a look for the prayer and bible study apps that are available…..like Lectio 365:

https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional   …….or just search online for Morning Prayer Livestream and you will find many cathedrals, parish churches and religious communities that offer this (including St Mary's Fairford, via Facebook, 9 o'clock daily (with bible reflection).…….or read a little of the Bible each day – perhaps making your way slowly through one of the Gospels.

-       Following the journey through HOLY WEEK: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.

-       Reading a ‘Lent Book’. You can search online for Lent Books 2021.


-       Consider fasting for part of one day a week, perhaps missing a lunch (but make sure that, medically, you can fast safely, and that you are in a secure place, doing very little, and taking fluids.) Fasting can give us feelings of holy simplicity, purging and refreshment, and a new sense of closeness to God.


-       Give something up for Lent that you will miss. This helps us remember how lucky we are to have what we have, given the extreme poverty in much of our world.


-       Take something on. Have extra contact with a relative, friend or neighbour. Have a search online for Lent initiatives 2021.


-       Be generous. Put to good use the money that you have saved by giving something up; make (a) special Lenten charity donation/s, or a special Lenten donation to our own church of Holy Trinity, Bramley.

 

                                            May we all have a special and blessed Lent.

Andy