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.
St John’s is this year running two LENT COURSES to help us in our Lenten reflection. On Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m, starting on Feb 20th (the diocese’s “Inspiring Vision” course), and on Friday mornings at 10:15 a.m. on Feb 16th and 23rd, March 9th and 16th, and on April 6th (a course based on Ignatian spirituality).
Palm Sunday, 25th March, 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 Family Mass at 10:30 a.m.
Monday of Holy Week, 26th March: Said Mass at 7:30 p.m. in St Peter’s Chapel, entered via the Pevensey Rd side of church.
Tuesday of Holy Week, 27th March: Said Mass at 7:00 p.m. in St Peter’s Chapel, followed by the Tuesday Lent Course.
Wednesday of Holy Week, 28th March: Said Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St Peter’s Chapel.
Maundy Thursday, 29th March: Sung Mass in Church at 7:30 p.m., with foot-washing and the Stripping of the Altars.
Good Friday, 30th March: 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, silent frugal lunch.
Good Friday in Church: 2:00 p.m. Veneration of the Cross, and Administration of the Sacrament.
Holy Saturday, 31st March: 8:00 p.m. Vigil, Lighting of the Fire, and the First Mass of Easter. In Church.
Easter Day, 1st 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.