For the journey
Lent is quite a journey! Setting off on Ash Wednesday, for forty days and forty nights we move through each day and week as we prepare to celebrate the saving events of Holy Week and Easter.
Like any journey, we need to be prepared! We plot our path, ensure we have enough good food and practical resources whilst being mindful that we don’t travel alone – we have many companions along the way.
As we move to the rhythm of prayer and worship, each day and week we offer some stopping points along the way. However, whether or not you’re able to gather at St Mary’s, we hope that, equipped with some of our resources, you’ll be able to join the journey wherever you are, and be drawn deeper into the Mystery of Christ’s saving death and resurrection.
The Eucharist is Food for the journey, and Sunday is the most important day of the week for Christians. Celebrated in accordance with COVID restrictions, please check in with us by emailing SundayMass@stmaryscf10.com or getting in touch using the details on the Contact page.
Each week, during Lent, we spend some time in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. It’s a gentle time of prayer and reflection, silence and blessing, each Thursday at 6pm
Stations of the Cross
Whilst we walk the Stations of the Cross each Tuesday during Lent at 6.30pm, we also provide resources to help you participate in this devotion at home.
Before the Saturday morning Mass, a small group of people gathers to pray the Rosary. It’s a beautiful and simple devotion as we meditate upon the Mysteries of our salvation, and offer prayer for the parish.
Our daily pattern of prayer moves to the momentum of the Daily Mass. It’s food for the journey, and each Mass will also be offered for a particular intention close to our hearts, and which you may like to use in your daily prayers too.
For the journey
Our daily prayer website http://www.daybydaystmaryscf10.com provides a regular daily post with a reflection on a bible reading from the Mass of the Day but through Lent, we’re rolling out a special daily post with 40 reflections on the Eucharist for each of the 40 days of Lent!
Boxed up Lent
Have you see our Lenten box of resources, packed full of prayers and reflections, free gifts and ideas for Lent, Holy Week and Easter?
The box is designed both for those who are able to participate in worship at St Mary’s and those who have to remain at home. We hope the resources will help to draw us deeper into the saving death and resurrection of Christ
The boxes will be available from Sunday 14 February, and we’ll be delivering some to members of our congregation who are unable to be with us. We’ll be revealing and sharing the resources online before and during Lent so you won’t miss out!
We set off on our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.