Lent at St Michael & All Angels


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Lent: February 17 – March 31 2021

What is Lent? Click here for a liturgical guide by Cathie James, Master of Ceremonies   + Easter at St Michael & All Angels 

Scroll down for details of the Holy Week services.
Watch them here and read the Holy Week addresses by Fr Neil Evans.

We mark Lent at St Michael & All Angels through our services; our Lent study book (Thy Will Be Done by Stephen Cherry); study courses, online: ‘A River Through the Desert’ (on video, released each Sunday); A Lenten Reflection through our Stained Glass Windows; a 21 days Meditation Challenge; and ‘A Covenant with  God’; and our Lent Charities Appeal – in aid of the Appeal, catch up with Fr Thomas Couper on video: What on earth am I doing here?  Scroll down to read more.

For Lent, members of St Michael & All Angels Choir recorded, from home, one of their favourite Lenten pieces. It’s introduced, below, by our director of music, Jonathan Dods.

On our Children’s Church Online page, you can watch Mother Sarah Lenton’s videos about her London-based Lent pilgrimage to the Holy Land – and see children’s paintings of posies for Mothering Sunday.

Read A Letter from the Vicar for Lent 2021

A Lenten Reflection through our Stained Glass Windows
A daily meditation is being offered on themes represented in our stained glass windows, along with a Scripture passage and prayer, for you to use at home. This can be found here on the website and in hard copy at the back of church. Read Fr Kevin’s Introduction here, and see the Reflections day by day. Photographs of the windows by David Beresford.


Lent services

Wednesday 17 February 2021: Ash Wednesday

12 Noon Mass and Imposition of Ashes – also streamed for worship at home.
(Note: not 10am today)
Reflection on our Stained Glass Windows for Ash Wednesday

Sunday 21 February 2021: Lent 1

10am Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Fr Neil Evans
Study topic: A River Through the Desert’ – Week 1

Sunday 28 February 2021: Lent 2

10am  Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Mthr Maggie Davidge-Smith
Study topic: ‘A River Through the Desert’ – Week 2

Sunday 7 March 2021: Lent 3

10am Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Fr Graham Morgan Kt
Study topic: ‘A River Through the Desert’ – Week 3

Sunday 14 March 2021:
Mothering Sunday, Lent 4

9.30am Family Mass – also streamed for worship at home
11am Parish Mass
Preacher: Fr Thomas Couper, curate
Study topic: ‘A River Through the Desert’- Week 4

Sunday 21 March 2021: Lent 5

10am Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar
Study topic: ‘A River Through the Desert’ – Week 5

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Holy Week

During the first part of the week, our devotions will be led by Fr Neil Evans and in the Triduum by Fr Thomas Couper.
Further details will be released nearer the time. Services marked * will be live-streamed.

Sunday 28 March 2021: Palm Sunday (clocks go forward)

9.30am and 11am*   Mass and Blessing of Palms
Preacher: Fr Neil Evans
Study topic: ‘A River Through the Desert’ – Week 6

Monday 29 March 2021: Holy Monday

12 noon Mass and address – Fr Neil Evans*

Tuesday 30 March 2021: Holy Tuesday

12 noon Mass and address – Fr Neil Evans*

Wednesday 31 March 2021: Holy Wednesday

12 noon Mass and address – Fr Neil Evans*

The Triduum – The Great Three Days

– See Easter at St Michael’s

Thursday 1 April 2021: Maundy Thursday

7pm  Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Stripping of the Altars*
Preacher: Fr Thomas Couper, Assistant Priest

Friday 2 April 2021: Good Friday

12 noon Children’s Passion
2pm Liturgy of the Passion with Sermon and Veneration of the Cross*
Preacher: Fr Thomas Couper, Assistant Priest

Sunday 4 April 2021: Easter Sunday

The services will not be ticketed, but numbers will be restricted on the day. We shall try to make room for as many people as possible but if the limit is reached we shall have to turn people away. Please only come to one of the Masses to allow others to attend.

6am Vigil and First Mass of Easter
9.30am Family Mass of Easter
11am Parish Mass of Easter*
Preacher: Fr Thomas Couper, Assistant Priest 

 

Study book: ‘Thy Will Be Done’ by Stephen Cherry

The author is the Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Theology.
At a time of change, uncertainty and widespread anxiety, we need to discover again the freshness of our most familiar spiritual resources. Dr Cherry invites us to immerse ourselves in the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.
We ask you to order your own copy from bookstores or, if you would prefer, the parish office can order a copy for you. RRP £9.99. It is currently available here on Amazon for £7.38

Study courses

   ‘A River Through the Desert’ (Online)

This video course comes from St George’s College in Jerusalem and focuses on the physical features of the Holy Land to explore our faith through Lent (right). It will be posted each Sunday here on our website.

Week 1 The Desert
Week 2 The Water Well
Week 3 The Mountain
Week 4 The Sea
Week 5 The Road
Week 6 The Garden

   A Lenten Reflection through our Stained Glass Windows

A daily meditation on themes represented in our stained glass windows, along with a Scripture passage and prayer, for you to use at home. These will be found here on the website or later in hard copy at the back of church. Read Fr Kevin’s Introduction and the first reflections here.

   21 days Meditation Challenge

A daily online course led by Fr Fabrizio and Fr Luigi Gioia of St Peter’s Centre for Mindfulness. For details and booking please click here.

   A Covenant with God: A Journey through Lent 2021

Week-by-week reflections on the Old Testament lessons during Lent by Fr Philip Barnes, Vicar of St Stephen’s Gloucester Road. Read them here: Lent Old Testament lessons or in hard copy at the back of church.

Lent Charities Appeal

This year’s Lent Charities Appeal is in aid of our three 2021 charities: The Upper Room, WaterHarvest and West London Welcome.
You can read more and donate online here.