Pastoral Notes 3rd March, 2019

SEASON OF LENT

We will very soon be entering the season of Lent in preparation for Easter.  The word ‘Lent’ is an old word for ‘Spring’ – the season of new beginnings and new life.  It is for us a quiet season of reflection on our faith, praying for a deepening of our faith seeing things afresh in the light of faith.  There are only two days of official fasting and abstinence from meat – on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday – symbolic of a new step in faith, in hope, in charity.  It is a quieter time at Mass – no Song of Praise (‘Gloria’) sung after the penitential rite at the beginning of Mass – and decoration of the Church, flowers, are left aside for this season – giving a rest to those who serve us so well in that department.  Perhaps it is a chance to enjoy a quiet prayer in church more frequently.  The church is always open during the week – till 6.00pm or till the later evening Mass.