Lent


Lent is a season of reflection and quietness, when we think about our relationship with God and ask for His forgiveness, guidance and strength as we each strive to become a better person.

During this season we begin a journey alongside Christ, learn from our weaknesses and discover our strength in God. This time is a quiet, prayerful period in the Christian calendar when we remember Christ's temptation in the wilderness and His betrayal.

As we recall the drama of Christ's entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and His crucifixion and death on Good Friday, we look forward to the triumph of Easter Sunday when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Lent this year:

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Ash Wednesday:
14th February 2018
Palm Sunday:
25th March 2018
Good Friday: 30th March 2018
Easter: 1st April 2018

Services for Lent

Join us at St Peter's throughout Lent as we go on a journey with Christ towards the drama and triumph of Easter. Everyone is welcome at our services.

  • 25 Sun Sunday 25th February 2018 at 8:00am
     Eucharist

    Eucharist

    Sunday 25th February 2018 at 8:00am

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  • 25 Sun Sunday 25th February 2018 at 9:30am
     Sung Eucharist

    Sung Eucharist

    Sunday 25th February 2018 at 9:30am

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  • 4 Sun Sunday 4th March 2018 at 8:00am
     Eucharist

    Eucharist

    Sunday 4th March 2018 at 8:00am

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  • 4 Sun Sunday 4th March 2018 at 9:30am
     Sung Eucharist

    Sung Eucharist

    Sunday 4th March 2018 at 9:30am

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  • 4 Sun Sunday 4th March 2018 at 4:00pm
     The Sunday Service Making for Mothering Sunday

    The Sunday Service Making for Mothering Sunday

    Sunday 4th March 2018 at 4:00pm

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  • 11 Sun Sunday 11th March 2018 at 8:00am
     Eucharist

    Eucharist

    Sunday 11th March 2018 at 8:00am

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  • 11 Sun Sunday 11th March 2018 at 9:30am
     Sung Eucharist

    Sung Eucharist

    Sunday 11th March 2018 at 9:30am

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  • 18 Sun Sunday 18th March 2018 at 8:00am
     Eucharist

    Eucharist

    Sunday 18th March 2018 at 8:00am

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  • 18 Sun Sunday 18th March 2018 at 9:30am
     Sung Eucharist

    Sung Eucharist

    Sunday 18th March 2018 at 9:30am

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  • 25 Sun Sunday 25th March 2018 at 8:00am
     Eucharist

    Eucharist

    Sunday 25th March 2018 at 8:00am

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  • 25 Sun Sunday 25th March 2018 at 9:30am
     Sung Eucharist

    Sung Eucharist

    Sunday 25th March 2018 at 9:30am

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  • 28 Wed Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 8:30am
     Eucharist ]

    Eucharist ]

    Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 8:30am

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  • 28 Wed Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 8:00pm
     Tenebrae

    Tenebrae

    Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 8:00pm

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  • 30 Fri Friday 30th March 2018 at 11:00am
     Good Friday TSS Special (Lex)

    Good Friday TSS Special (Lex)

    Friday 30th March 2018 at 11:00am

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  • 30 Fri Friday 30th March 2018 at 2:00pm
     Good Friday

    Good Friday

    Friday 30th March 2018 at 2:00pm

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  • 1 Sun Sunday 1st April 2018 at 8:00am
     Eucharist

    Eucharist

    Sunday 1st April 2018 at 8:00am

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  • 1 Sun Sunday 1st April 2018 at 9:30am
     Sung Eucharist

    Sung Eucharist

    Sunday 1st April 2018 at 9:30am

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The background to Lent

Lent may originally have followed Epiphany, just as Jesus’ journey in the wilderness followed immediately on his baptism, but it soon became firmly attached to Easter, as the principal occasion for baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the Church’s fellowship for apostasy or serious faults. This history explains the characteristic notes of Lent – self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter, to which almsgiving has traditionally been added.

As the candidates for baptism were instructed in Christian faith, and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, to be readmitted to communion, the whole Christian community was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan.

The calculation of the forty days has varied considerably in Christian history. It is now usual in the West to count them continuously to the end of Holy Week (not including Sundays), so beginning Lent on the sixth Wednesday before Easter, Ash Wednesday. Liturgical dress is the simplest possible. Churches are kept bare of flowers and decoration. Gloria in Excelsis is not used.

Lent VI - Mothering Sunday

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare or Refreshment Sunday) was allowed as a day of relief from the rigour of Lent, and the Feast of the Annunciation almost always falls in Lent; these breaks from austerity are the background to the modern observance of Mothering Sunday on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.