Lent


LENT
The Time to Get Ready for Easter

FROM POPE FRANCIS, AT WORLD YOUTH DAY ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS, JULY 26, 2013:

The Cross of Christ contains all the love of God; there we find his immeasurable mercy. This is a love in which we can place all our trust, in which we can believe. Let us entrust ourselves to Jesus, let us give ourselves over to him, because he never disappoints anyone! Only in Christ crucified and risen can we find salvation and redemption. The Cross of Christ bears the suffering and the sin of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, bearing on his shoulders our crosses and saying to us: ’Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you. I have overcome death and I have come to give you hope, to give you life!’

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

One more, on Fridays during Lent our parish can follow the Stations of the Cross together - at 9.15am at OLHoC, and at 11.00am at St Joseph’s. A “station” is a place on a journey where one makes a stop – and we follow Jesus along the path of sorrow – the Via Dolorosa - from Pilate’s Court to the tomb, and we make a stop at fourteen places to be with Jesus on this way of suffering. The Stations of the Cross is a devotion that can reach deep into our hearts, and prepares us to enter into the heart of the Paschal Mystery at Easter.

LENTEN STUDY & LUNCH

Wednesday, March 13th onwards. As in previous years, the parish Lent Study Course will meet on Wednesdays during Lent, starting at 12.30pm in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, sharing soup and rolls before exploring the Lent Study Guide (provided), with the aim of finishing at 1.30 p.m. sharp. This year the Study Guide focuses on the Fruits of the Spirit, and other key New Testament passages, using them as windows to explore how a Christ-like character brings transformation. The six sessions will all include Bible study, prayer, and inspiring stories from Christians in the Middle East. Together, we’ll have the opportunity to:

v  explore the fruits of the Spirit and other key New Testament passages on growing in Christ-likeness.
v  reflect on Jesus’ own character as demonstrated in the gospels.
v  be further inspired by hearing stories from some of Embrace’s partners in the Middle East today.
v  pray and act to grow in living differently, compassionately, exuberantly, courageously, generously, and expectantly ourselves.

Please Note: members of the parish from BOTH
St. Joseph’s AND Our Lady’s are very welcome as before!

AT MASS IN LENT

Mass in Lent is a bare and spare event, in a church that’s empty of flowers, entirely plain, and clad in the grand sobriety of purple. And the Mass is different, too – no more alleluias anywhere, and no music is played in the background before, during, or after mass – in fact, no music at all, unless we’re actually singing. And the readings all about Moses, and Abram, deserts and the devil, the mountain-top, the disasters in Jerusalem, and the Woman Taken in Adultery . . . all leading us up to that momentary glimpse of wonder at the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, as we enter with Jesus into his Passion, into the desolation of Good Friday and the empty, silent Saturday; and on into the candlelit watch at the Vigil till, renewing the vows of our baptism, we emerge into the fullness of the Risen Christ at the First Mass of Easter.


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