The word Lent is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for springtime, which literally translates in modern English to “the lengthening of the days.” In the early church, the Lenten period was used as a time for preparing new converts for Baptism on Easter Sunday. Today it is a time for preparation, reflection, growth, and change. The liturgical colour for Lent is purple, a solemn colour, a colour for royalty and repentance. The liturgical colour for Easter Sunday and the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost is white, signifying purity.
When is Lent?
The liturgical season of Lent begins with the solemn observance of Ash Wednesday (17th. February, 2021) and continues for six weeks, culminating with the church’s joyous celebration of Easter.
What is Holy Week?
Holy Week is the last week of Lent beginning on the 28th March, 2021. (During this week, we remember important events in the last days of Jesus’s life, his death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead.
“The Why, What and How Lent Course” at St. Laurence, Hawkhurst on Zoom – Please do join us
The following are Important Events during Lent and Easter
Ash Wednesday: Talk on 17th February, 2021 – official beginning of the Lenten season. It is a day of prayer and public confession of sins.
Palm Sunday: Talk on 24th. February, 2021 – a day of change from the joyful celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the solemn knowledge of what lies ahead for him in the coming week.
Maundy Thursday: Talk on 3rd. March,2021 – focuses on the Lord’s Supper and the new commandment to love one another.
Good Friday: Talk on 10th March, 2021- on this day we remember Christ’s suffering and death on the cross.
Easter Sunday: Talk on 17th. March, 2021 – the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Talk on 24. March, 2021 – Easter Sunday is only the beginning! A great fifty-day feast known as “Paschal Season,” or “Paschal Time” kicks off on Easter Day. In the Church Year, this is quite literally fifty days of feasting.
Easter is the high point of the Church Year. So it makes sense that we would party for so long. After all, the main point of the whole gospel is to prepare us for an eternal celebration and feast.
Every Wednesday at 7.30pm. during Lent starting on Wednesday 17th. February, I will be looking with you at the above-mentioned important events in Lent At each meeting I will seek to explain, unpack and share with you:
Why it is important in the formation of our faith
What it teaches about our spiritual and psychological growth
How it helps us in our sharing the Gospel with others in our own day.
These talks will all happen in the context of praying the office of Compline. Together it will last up to an hour.
We will also have a Lent course – a talk every Wednesday during Lent in the context of Compline. There are more details about it on our parish website for St Laurence Church, Hawkhurst. It would be very good if you were able to join us.
The Zoom details for the services every Wednesday at 7.30pm. during Lent are : (except the 24th. February)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83090470114?pwd=Q2VYdmdTWDlKVnNncnh1RlJRV28zdz09 Meeting ID: 830 9047 0114 Passcode: 844018
If you would like to join by phone the details are:
+44 203 051 2874 United Kingdom
+44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom
+44 203 481 5240 United Kingdom
+44 203 901 7895 United Kingdom
+44 131 460 1196 United Kingdom
There will be a different set of Zoom details for the service on the 24th. February, and I will let you have those nearer the time.