Lent, like all the other seasons of the Church’s year, is a gift from God given to us through His Church. Were we already saints we would not need Lent, but because we tend to drift a little in our devotions, or become less passionate about our faith over the course of the year, or because we simply need reminding, Lent calls us to turn back to Our Lord with ever greater fervour and with an ever clearer recognition of our utter dependence upon His mercy and goodness.
The three disciplines of Lent, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, enable us to recharge our spiritual lives by turning away once more from the comforts, pleasures, and conveniences of this world, to revive our hatred of sin and of all things that offend God, and to rejuvenate our joy at the wonders of God’s forgiveness and tenderness.
The season is rich in God’s graces and blessings. Indeed, throughout Lent it is as if we were standing beneath a waterfall of God’s grace. Lent is awash with grace! It is up to us to make use of something that is so freely and readily available. Lent is indeed a season of preparation for Easter but, equally significant, it is a season in its own right, and the Church calls us to live out both the solemnity and the joy of such a lavishly grace-filled time.
Live your Lenten resolutions to the full, picking them up again if you drop them, giving your heart to Our Lord with much devotion rather than many devotions! To help us, there are extra services at St Pancras, and thoughts for reflection in each week’s newsletter.
Sunday: 9:30 & 11am
Monday: 10am followed by the rosary
Tuesday: 8am in the Extraordinary Form (EF) followed by the rosary
Wednesday: 6pm followed by the rosary, or by devotions to St Joseph during March
Thursday: 12:15pm followed by the rosary
Friday: 10am followed by Stations of the Cross
Saturday: 10am followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 12 noon
6pm Vigil Mass of Sunday
Mon – Friday: 20 minutes before each Mass
Sat: 9:30 – 10am & 5pm – 5:45pm
Stations of the Cross
Friday: after the 10am Mass
Sunday: 4:30pm followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday: 10:30am – 12 noon & 5pm – 5:45pm
18 February 2021