Lent, Holy Week and Easter
Join us as we journey through Lent and prepare to celebrate Easter. Along with information for this year, you'll find here some resources from last year that you may find of value...
Lent in six objects – six weeks of reflections
Lent is a time to pay more attention to the inner life, which affects our outer life in the world around us. Christ’s life, ministry and death are remembered during this season. Also, it can be a time to think about our own journey of faith as we prepare ourselves for Holy Week and Easter. In the Lent Packs we put together, there is a palm cross and a stone painted with an ash cross used in some of the reflections. Other reflections need an object from around your home. The ash cross marks the start of Lent (Ash Wednesday is 17 February) and the palm cross marks its end (Palm Sunday is 28 March).
You can view/download the Lent Course reflections here
Wednesday 17 February, 10.30am Eucharist on ZOOM
Our traditional Ash Wednesday service marked the beginning of the season of Lent.
A Quiet Day in Lent - Trees:
Our Quiet Days are usually an opportunity to prepare and reflect together in beautiful surroundings with short reflections, followed by time to relax, read or enjoy the garden. It's unlikely we will be able to meet in person for a Quiet Day this Lent, but last year Rosemary shared her Lent Quiet Day material on the theme of trees and you can find it all here.
In 2021... #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story
The Church of England's Lent resources theme for 2021, building on the success of recent years, is #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story. You'll find all the resources information here.
Our daily Thoughts will be on the theme of 'tricky words and phrases' during Lent, ending with special Thoughts for Holy Week.
Sunday 14 March, 10.30am Service on ZOOM
We will celebrate Mothering Sunday in our morning worship on Zoom. Pansies will be available from St Andrew's Church and can be collected from the afternoon of Friday 12 March.
Holy Week & Easter Day
On Easter Day there will be an 8.00am Eucharist at St Andrew's Church, as well as two outdoor services at St Mary's Hertingfordbury (5.30am and 3.00pm). All other services will be on Zoom and details for each of these services will be sent to those on our mailing list (if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Phil in the parish office: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday 28 March
10.30am Palm Sunday Service on Zoom
Monday 29 March
8.00pm Music and Readings for Holy Week on Zoom
Tuesday 30 March
8.00pm A Reflective Taizé Service for Holy Week on Zoom
Wednesday 31 March
8.00pm A Meditation for Holy Week on Zoom
8.00pm Eucharist on Zoom
2.00-3.00pm The Last Hour: Readings and Reflections for Good Friday on Zoom
8.30am Breathe Prayer Gathering on Zoom
5.30am Dawn Service outdoors at St Mary's Hertingfordbury with the lighting of the first fire of Easter
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) at St Andrew's
10.30am Easter Day Service on Zoom
3.00pm Celebration with hymns and readings outdoors at St Mary's Hertingfordbury
Perfume - performed by Julia Thomas
"I wanted to tell him I loved him before it was too late. The seasons of his life passed quickly, so quickly. Spring, summer autumn and, now, winter...
..."I'd always wanted to read the Torah, to sing and shout God's praises, but I was suffocated by my gender. With him, I could breathe. He let me sit at his feet and listen to his teaching. He allowed me to be myself."
A day-by-day guide prepared in 2020 for Holy Week (written by curate Lisa Cornell), with a reading, prayer and reflection for each day. Holy Week Booklet.