Readings for the coming week, the fourth week in Year 1:
Mon: Hebrews 11. 32-40; Psalm 31. 19-24; Mark 5. 1-20
Tues: Malachi 3. 1-5; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2. 14-28; Luke 2. 22-40
Wed: Hebrews 12. 4-7, 11-15; Psalm 13. 1,2,13-18; Mark 6. 1-6
Thurs: Hebrews 12. 18-24; Psalm 48. 1-3, 8-10; Mark 6. 7-13
Fri: Hebrews 13. 1-6; Psalm 27. 1-10; Mark 6. 14-29
Sat: Hebrews 13. 9-17, 20,21; Psalm 23; Mark 6. 30-24
All can be found here
On Tuesday our 40-day celebration of Christmas will come to an end with the feast of Candlemass, when Jesus was presented in the Temple according to the Law.
Here Mary and Joseph will meet Simeon, who had been promised that he would live until he met the Saviour. The words he used ‘Lord, now let your servant depart in peace’ still form part of Evening Prayer. But he went on to talk to Mary – telling her that Jesus would be ‘a sign that is spoken against’ and ‘a sword will pierce your own heart also’. She kept all this, we are told and pondered it in her heart.
For us it is a sign of what is to come – so on Tuesday we turn from celebrating the birth to looking onwards to the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus.
It looks like, as we found mid-March in 2020, that most of our observance of Lent will be online. There will be something every day as well as our daily Eucharistic celebration with, we hope, sufficient variety to offer something for everyone! Full details will be in the magazine next Thursday and on next week’s sheet. We will also being doing another mailshot with service books for pre-Lent and Lent, together with forms of morning prayer and night prayer for those who cannot access the internet. These will be posted on the website so you can download your own copies if you wish.
The vaccine programme seems to be rolling out well and we are grateful to the Medical Centre, Cornelly Surgery and the Centre at Ravensfield for all that they are doing to enable this. Fr Geoff is still awaiting the call! Mr Drakeford is, for once, sounding moderately hopeful and R rate is down to .7 so we all live in more secure hope than a month ago. We are all in need of an uplift, especially those who are on furlough, are business owners or are caught in the delight of home-schooling.
But as the psalmist says ‘heaviness may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.’ The first signs of daylight seem to be appearing……
We will be sprinkling rather than imposing ashes this year, so please return your palm crosses as usual.
Stay well and keep safe.