Religious Festivals; dates and times

Image result for ash wednesday 2022Ash Wednesday 2nd March ’22 A short Ashing service with music.  (A time of asking for forgiveness and being forgiven);  receive the mark of the cross with ash made from last year’s palm cross’ on your forehead or hands at 7 pm in the church.

Lent 6th March – 10th April ’22 Lent course begins Saturday, March 12th, and every Saturday until Holy Saturday 16th. We will be studying a series from Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow; Rev Lesley-ann has copies of the book, or you can find the course online. Lenten Guided Retreat — London Jesuit Centre

Sadly, the lent retreat between St Mary’s Newport and St Mary’s Birnam has been cancelled. We are sorry if you were intending to go along. If you are on my mailing list you will have been notified already. xx

Holy Week 10th – 16th April ’22

  • 14th – There will be a Maunday Thursday Eve short said Communion 7 pm
  • 15th – Good Friday there will be a quiet hour in the church from 2 pm – 3 pm. The passion readings will be printed out for personal reflection
  • 1oth Palm Sunday 10 am – come and get your palm cross and rejoice with us as we hear of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem! ( spoiler alert, it didn’t end well)
  • 10th Palm Sunday – 3 pm – 4 pm: A short concert of beautiful Holy Week music and song Open to all – FREE

Easter Day 17th April   (Halleluja He has risen!! )Image result for Religious Easter

Explanation of all of those dates!!

We are heading fast toward the season of Lent, which is the time when we in the church become quite solemn and reflective. That doesn’t sound very interesting does it! however, it is a season of contrast. Lent is traditionally the time before Easter when we think back over not only our own year but over the entire history of Jesus’ church on earth. the questions we might ask during this time are:

  1. what is the church
  2. why is the church
  3. where are the signs of the living church
  4. what do we/church do within our communities
  5. what can we look to improve within ourselves and within our church?

And of course, the contrast is that there is the bigger picture after this season of lament and question, it comes in the form of Holy Week and Easter; a time of journeying, preparing, and rejoicing that Jesus Christ our Lord, defeated death and gave hope for the world. Our lives are now not defined by what we are on earth, there is so much more to follow after our death. Jesus was the final sacrifice for our sins, our redeemer and deliverer. He went ahead to prepare a place for each one of us in His Father’s house.

2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[a] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.