Lent 2024

The season of Lent lasts for forty days (not including Sundays) and it is a time when Christians reflect and prepare for the celebrations 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 and meet with other Christians to reflect on Jesus' life and prepare for the events of Holy Week and Easter.

St Mary's will be offering various opportunities to take part in Lent Courses & Reflections in addition to attending special services throughout Holy Week.  The first service will be Ash Wednesday on the 14th February at 11am.

Ash Wednesday


Wednesday 14th February

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Ashes made from palm crosses are blessed and are used to make crosses on people's foreheads. The custom dates back to the middle ages. Ash Wednesday services set the tone for Lent, with sombre readings and hymns and a focus on penitence (saying sorry for and turning away from sin).

On Ash Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion in St Mary's at 11am.

As we begin the church season of Lent, to mark this important season of penitence and reflection, people will have an opportunity ro receive a sign of the cross in ash if they wish.

Studies for Lent


From Glory into Glory

‘From Glory into Glory’ is a collection of daily bible readings, each with comments and a prayer that you can follow during Lent this year. With 54 readings in all, the collection begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter Sunday. Using passages from John’s Gospel, Tom Parsons enables the reader to firstly experience Jesus’ lonely journey to the cross and then encourages them to rejoice in His glorious resurrection.

Copies are available from Ruth Howse or Sarah Whiteside, at the discounted price of £2. Please email for further information. 

‘I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.’ (John 17: 4-5)

The Church of England

Watch & Pray 2024

The Church of England are sending reflections via email: Sign up and get free daily Lent reflection emails (except Sundays) delivered straight to your inbox from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day. Their daily emails will offer Bible readings, short reflections and a practical challenge, as well as prayers linked to weekly themes.

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