Now is the healing time decreed
for sins of heart and word and deed,
when we in humble fear record
the wrong that we have done the Lord.
(Latin, before 12th century)
Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. It is a fresh opportunity to turn again to God for forgiveness, mercy etc. The disciplines help us to draw closer to God and be better resourced to love and serve. It marks the time that Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights in preparation for his ministry.
It begins with Ash Wednesday 14th February when we have our normal mid week communion service at 10.00am at St Andrew's and a special Holy Communion at 8.00pm with hymns and with prayers for healing, also at St Andrew's.
Full details of our Easter services can be found here
Click to watch this video explanation of Lent produced by Busted Halo, a Roman Catholic based organision which tries to demystify Christianity.
The day before Ash Wednesday is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
The word Shrove comes from an old word, Shrive, meaning 'to confess' and it was this day that Christians were to meant to confess their sins before Lent.
Here's a great recipe for Pancakes