Following Jesus' journey through suffering and death to new life
Lent and Easter are an important part of the Christian calendar.
Following the Prime Minister's announcement the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (click here) have called for the Church of England churches to close and to put public worship on hold and become a "different sort of church" in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.
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What is Lent?
The period of Lent lasts for forty days (not including Sundays). It is a time when Christians reflect and prepare for the celebration of Easter. Some people fast, eat frugally or give up ‘treats’ following the example of Jesus, who fasted for forty days in the wilderness. People also give to charity, set aside time to study the bible, meet with other Christians to reflect on Jesus' life and prepare for the events of Easter. We do all of this.
A Prayer for Lent
Holy God our lives are laid out before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ash Wednesday Service (26th February)
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Ashes made from last year’s palm crosses are blessed and are used to mark the sign of the cross on people's foreheads. The is a custom dating back to the middle ages which acknowledges our sinfulness. Ash Wednesday services set the tone for Lent, with readings and hymns which focus on penitence (saying sorry for and turning away from sin). During Lent the colour purple is used and there are no flowers in church.
Holy Week (5th - 12th April)
Holy Week is the name given to the week beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Day during which we recall the events which led to Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. It is a very special time in the life of Christians as we journey with Jesus through his final earthly days before his death.
Palm Sunday (5th April)
On Palm Sunday Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to crowds and cheers. His triumphant entry into Jerusalem has been celebrated on the Sunday before Easter since the first centuries of Christianity. The crowds waved palm branches and covered his path with them. Churches remember this with crosses made from palm leaves and hold processions like the one that Jesus experienced - sometimes with a donkey, too!
Maundy Thursday (9th April)
Maundy Thursday is the day when we remember Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples before his death. The word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super, said to the disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
At the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciples' feet. This is not only an important reminder of the nature of Jesus, our servant king, but also the kind of service we are meant to demonstrate in our love for Jesus and one another.
Good Friday (10th April)
Good Friday is the day when Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a sombre day where churches meet, pray and reflect on the sacrifice Jesus willingly paid for all our sins.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
Easter Day (12th April)
On Easter Sunday, Christians across the world celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. We believe that on the third day after being crucified, Jesus' tomb was found to be empty. He had risen from the dead. Life triumphs over death! The joy of the resurrection is possible only because Christ endured death and conquered it.