Sunday 15th: First Reading was Leviticus 13:1-2. Responsorial Psalm was Number 31 "You are my refuge, O Lord; you fill me with the joy of salvation." Second Reading was 1 Corinthians 10:1-11, and the reading from the Holy Gospel was Mark 1:40-45. The Service next Sunday (1st in Lent) will be at 9.30am. The mid-week services will be Mass and Imposition of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday at 9.30am (see below) and Stations of the Cross and Mass on Thursday (19th Feb) at 9.00am.
There will be an opportunity to come and read from the Book of Job as well as to consider through prayer and discussion the message contained in this most challenging of writings. However no prior knowledge is needed. The dates are 26th February, 5th March, 11th March, 19th March, 26th March.
The first full open morning held in church proved to be very successful. It was very well attended throughout the morning. Please call in for a natter and a cup of coffee this coming (and every) Tuesday. Last weeks Tote winner was number 120, the draw will be made this week during the drop-in session at 11.30am.
A day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days, if the 6 Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter and can fall as early as 4 February or as late as 10 March. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christians. According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan.Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ's resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate. Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (6 days) during 6 weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (4 days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".