Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 2nd March, 2022 - it's the start of the season of preparation for the Church's great feast of Easter. As it is an important time of year we will be offering special ways of marking this season. Here is a full list of all we are doing:
We begin Lent with two special services to mark the day, both of which will include the traditional Imposition of Ashes - where Ashes made from Palm Crosses from a previous Lent are put in the sign of the cross on the forehead of all who wish.
10am - A simple Eucharist with Ashes
7.30pm - Parish Eucharist, with choir, hymns, sermon, and Ashes
Through Lent we are reading Isabelle Hamley's book Embracing Justice, a powerful and prophetic book which encourages us to think again about the concept of justice, revisit the Scriptural foundation of justice-making, and consider again our call to be people of justice. Mored details can be found here: The Big Church Read.
The book is available via download, online, or can be ordered from bookstores.
We will be meeting in person to discuss each section of the book on Wednesday at 12.30pm at St John's. We will also be meeting via Zoom on Thursday Evening's at 6.30pm. Please email the office for the zoom link.
As for the first session very few people have received their copy of the book, a summary of the opening sections is downloadable below. There is also an introductory video here
Starting Wednesday March 9th we are going to gather every week at 8am for a simple Eucharist. This will be followed by a chance to chat over coffee or tea.
For Thursday evenings until the week before Holy Week (Thursday April 7th) we will also have an online service of Compline (Night Prayer) at 9pm via Zoom and on the St John the Divine Facebook Page. Again, please email the office for a Zoom link.
At noon Monday-Friday, we will continue our Community Prayers which can be found on the St John the Divine Facebook Page.
We will be offering a daily reflection on the theme of Love on the St John the Divine Blog. They will be posted every morning up to, and including, Easter Day.