Lent is the penitential 40 days leading up towards Easter, during which we try to live simpler lives, perhaps going without life’s luxuries, and instead taking on some extra learning, prayer or charitable acts.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 6th March, when we offer two Mass services (10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) to include the Imposition of Ashes, on our foreheads.
Mothering Sunday is celebrated at the midpoint of Lent, 31st March. Our tradition of giving out flowers for our Mums, and those who have been like Mums to us, takes place at the main child-friendly Family Mass at 10:30 a.m. on that day.
St John’s is this year running a LENT COURSE to help us in our Lenten reflection, on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m, starting on March 12th (using the diocese’s “Vocation” course).
Palm Sunday, 14th April, celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and we also hear again the story of His Passion. There is a Said Mass at 8 a.m. on that day, and the main Sung Parish Mass at 10:30 a.m.
Monday of Holy Week, 15th April: Said Mass at 7:00 p.m. in St Peter’s Chapel, entered via the Pevensey Rd side of church.
Tuesday of Holy Week, 16th April: Said Mass at 7:00 p.m. in St Peter’s Chapel, followed by the Tuesday Lent Course.
Wednesday of Holy Week, 17th April: Said Mass at 10 a.m. in St Peter’s Chapel.
Maundy Thursday, 18th April: Sung Mass in Church at 7:30 p.m., with foot-washing and the Stripping of the Altars.
Good Friday, 19th April: Walk of Witness organized by Church Together in St Leonards. Usually 10:00 a.m. from Christchurch courtyard. To be confirmed…
Good Friday in Church: 12 noon Stations of the Cross, The Last Words, quiet frugal lunch with reflective musical accompaniment.
Good Friday in Church: 2:00 p.m. Veneration of the Cross, and Administration of the Sacrament.
Holy Saturday, 20th April: 8:00 p.m. Vigil, Lighting of the Fire, and the First Mass of Easter. In Church.
Easter Day, 21st April: Said Mass at 8:00 a.m., and sung Parish Mass at 10:30 a.m.
Easter is celebrated as a season which begins on Easter Day and comes to a close 50 days later with the gift of the Holy Spirit, which we celebrate at Pentecost.
At Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ – the central event of the Christian faith. It is a joyful season (so lots of “Alleluias”!) when we remember how God defeated death and brought new life and hope out of the apparent disaster of the crucifixion.