This week we begin Lent – a very special and important time in the church. On Wednesday, we will start our journey towards Easter with our Ash Wednesday liturgies and it is at this point that we are reminded that God’s forgiveness and mercy is always there for us. The Ashes remind us that we can begin again and let go of the mistakes we have made.

Think this week about what Lent will mean for you, what will you do and how will you experience God’s mercy?

Notices

  • Ash Wednesday service will be happening all day during lessons on Wednesday.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

 

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Are you holding onto a grudge? Is it time to say ‘I forgive you’.

Take the next minute to sit in silence and think about a person who needs your forgiveness. Offer up a silent prayer for this person. Once you are ready, simply type, ‘I forgive you’ in the comments box.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and it marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Don’t forget there is a special Ash Wednesday Mass taking place in the Chapel at form-time!

This is a time when we show Christ that he is more important to us than any of our materialistic pocessions.

There are three pillars of Lent:

Fasting

Praying

Giving

During the next 40 days, what will you give up?  How will you pray more? How will you give to others?

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today is Ash Wednesday!

Today marks the beginning of Lent –  a really important time of the liturgical year.

It is our time to consider where we have fallen short as Christians and how we are going to improve.  Improve our relationship with God, improve our actions and improve the way we treat others.

Let us begin our Lenten Joureny by considering how we have fallen short and what practical actions we can make to improve.  God invites you to his altar but do you always accept his invitation?

Listen to the music and silently consider how your personal Lenten journey will bring you closer to God.

You will only need to play the video for three minutes 🙂

Comment below about how you will get closer to God this Lent.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

After Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he appeared to the Apostles, breathed on them and said: “receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you forgive, are forgiven them. Whose sins you retain, are retained.” (John 20:22-23)

It is clear from this piece of scripture that we must confess our sins to a priest during reconciliation. During this time, God works through the priest and you will receive absolution (forgiveness).

Having said all that, going to confession is difficult, it’s difficult to be open about the things we have done wrong. We must remember though, to receive forgiveness, we must be honest and truly sorry!

Hopefully Father David Cain, a priest in our diocese, will show you that reconciliation is not something that should be feared but actually, celebrated. God is both loving and forgiving, there is nothing that you could do, no matter how bad, that God would not forgive you of!

 

One of the necessary elements of the sacrament of confession is reciting an act of contrition. The priest will usually prompt the penitent after they confessed their sins by saying such words as “Now say your act of contrition.”

As a form group, silently think of a sin that you would like to be forgiven for. Say the act of contrition together:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

 

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