Lent at St Michael & All Angels

Lent: 14th February – 26th March 2024

What is Lent? Click here for a liturgical guide by Cathie James, Master of Ceremonies 

Scroll down for details of the Holy Week services.

We mark Lent at St Michael & All Angels in several ways: through our services; our Lent study bookstudy courses; and Lent Charity Appeal.  Scroll down to read more.

A Lenten Reflection through our Stained Glass Windows
During Lent 2021, Fr Kevin Morris and Fr Thomas Couper offered a daily meditation on themes represented in our stained glass windows, along with a Scripture passage and prayer, for you to use at home. This can still be followed day by day on the website. Read Fr Kevin’s Introduction here, and see the Reflections day by day. Photographs of the windows by David Beresford, who also compiled the historical background information.


Lent services

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER
In Evensong on Sundays at 6.30pm, 
members of the congregation will reflect on people who have inspired them in their life and faith. See their names below.

PRAYER AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
On some Wednesdays in Lent at 7pm (February 21, 28 and March 6):
Half an hour of contemplative prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament

DAILY PRAYER & WORSHIP
Daily Office: Come and join the Church’s regular daily prayer, which takes place before Mass.
Mondays 9.30am, Wednesdays 12 noon, Thursdays 9.30am, Saturdays 9.30am.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION)
By appointment.  Please contact the Parish Office or speak to one of the priests. Further times will be advertised during Holy Week.

Wednesday 14 February 2024: Ash Wednesday

12.30pm Mass and Imposition of Ashes
7.30pm Choral Mass and Imposition of Ashes
Reflection on our Stained Glass Windows for Ash Wednesday

Sunday 18 February 2024: Lent 1

10am Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Mother Sarah Lenton
6.30pm Evensong – ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’: Gavin Johnston

Sunday 25 February 2024: Lent 2

10am Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Professor Graham Holderness
6.30pm Evensong – ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’: Tom Nolan

Sunday 3 March 2024: Lent 3

10am Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Anne Mower, Reader
6.30pm Evensong – ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’: Paula Nelson

Sunday 10 March 2024:
Mothering Sunday, Lent 4

10am Family Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Mother Sarah Lenton
6.30pm Evensong – ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’: Susan Johnson

Sunday 17 March 2024: Lent 5, Passion Sunday

10am Parish Mass – also streamed for worship at home
Preacher: Mother Maggie Davidge-Smith
6.30pm Evensong – ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’: Monty Lewis

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Holy Week

During the first part of the week, our devotions will be led by Fr Kevin Morris and in the Triduum by Fr Brandon Fletcher-James.
Services marked * will be live-streamed.

Sunday 24 March 2024: Palm Sunday

10am*   Mass and Blessing of Palms
Preacher: Fr Brandon Fletcher-James

Monday 25 March 2024: Holy Monday

7.30pm Mass and address – Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar

Tuesday 26 March 2024: Holy Tuesday

7.30pm Mass and address – Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar

Wednesday 27 March 2024: Holy Wednesday

7.30pm Mass and address – Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar

The Triduum – The Great Three Days

– See Easter at St Michael’s

Thursday 28 March 2024: Maundy Thursday

7.30pm  Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Stripping of the Altars
Preacher: Fr Brandon Fletcher-James

Friday 29 March 2024: Good Friday

12 noon Children’s Passion
1pm Stations of the Cross

2pm Liturgy of the Passion with Sermon and Veneration of the Cross
Preacher: Fr Brandon Fletcher-James

Sunday 31 March 2024: Easter Sunday

5.30am Vigil and First Mass of Easter
10am Family Mass of Easter*
Preacher: Fr Brandon Fletcher-James

6.30pm Evensong & Benediction

 

6.30pm Sunday Evensong
‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’

Members of the congregation will reflect on people who have inspired them in their life and faith.

Sunday 18th February: Gavin Johnston

Sunday 25th February: Tom Nolan

Sunday 3rd March: Paula Nelson

Sunday 10th March: Susan Johnson

Sunday 17th March: Monty Lewis

Study book: Silence and Honey Cakes – Rowan Williams 

Rowan Williams goes back to the 4th century desert fathers and mothers for inspiration and insight, discovering that their spirituality resonates strongly with aspects of the modern spiritual search. He uses examination of their stories and sayings as a starting point for his own reflections on topics such as: living in relationship with others; discovering the truth about ourselves; reassessing our priorities; silence and the importance of language; living in a fearless community; living within our limitations; life and death; staying and leaving.

The book can be ordered online in both paperback and Kindle editions..
A small number of books will be available to purchase for £8 each (cash only) at the back of the church during Lent or from the Parish Office, for those who are unable to order online.

Study groups 

Contemplative Prayer and the Passion through the Arts,
led by Father Brandon in the Raphael Room
Mondays 6-7pm March 4, 11, 18

Reflections on Scripture – a Bible study led by the Vicar in the Vestry
Thursdays at 11am

Exploring Early Church Fathers and Mothers,
led by Father Brandon in the Raphael Room at St Michael & All Angels
Sundays
at 11.30am February 18, 25, March 3, 17

A Lenten Reflection through our Stained Glass Windows – online and on social media
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.

Lent Charity Appeal

The 2024 Lent Charity Appeal is in aid of the Ealing Food Bank.
You may donate to it throughout Lent by making a gift in the Green Jar at the back of the church, and by supporting this year’s two Lent Lunches. More details to follow.

Lent Lunches

Sunday February 25th
12.30pm in the Michael Room: Hosted by the Charities Group

Sunday March 3rd
12.30pm in the Michael Room
: Hosted by Young St Michael’s