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Lent, Holy Week and Easter at St John's - 2018

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The following lists the services and course sessions planned for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. A pdf list of all services (125kb) is available for download.

First Sunday of Lent - 18th February

10:30 - Parish Mass

Wednesday 21st February

19:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 1)

Friday 23rd February

11:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 2)

19:00 - Lent Devotions (The Holy Rosary)

Second Sunday of Lent - 25th February

10:30 - Parish Mass

Wednesday 28th February

19:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 1)

Friday 2nd March

11:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 2)

19:00 - Lent Devotions (Stations of the Cross)

Third Sunday of Lent - 4th March

10:30 - Parish Mass

Wednesday 7th March

19:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 1)

Friday 9th March

11:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 2)

19:00 - Lent Devotions (The Holy Rosary)

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday - 11th March

10:30 - Parish Mass

Wednesday 14th March

19:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 1)

Friday 16th March

11:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 2)

19:00 - Lent Devotions (Stations of the Cross)

Fifth Sunday of Lent - 18th March

10.30 - Parish Mass

11:45 - Annual Parochial Church Meeting

12:30 - Parish Lunch

Wednesday 21st March

19:00 - Pilgrim Lent Course: Turning to Christ (Group 1)

Friday 23rd March

19:00 - Lent Devotions (The Holy Rosary)

Palm Sunday - 25th March

10:00 - Procession with Palms and Parish Mass (note early start)

Our Palm Sunday service will start outside of Church at 10:00. We celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week, with the greatest tragedy and sorrow of the year.

Holy Monday - 26th March

19:00 - Mass with Holy Week Reflection

A service for Holy Week, reflecting on the profound events that unfold.

Holy Tuesday - 27th March

19:00 - Mass with Holy Week Reflection

A service for Holy Week, reflecting on the profound events that unfold.

Holy Wednesday - 28th March

19:00 - Mass with Holy Week Reflection

A service for Holy Week, reflecting on the profound events that unfold.

Maundy Thursday - 29th March

20:00 - Mass with washing of Feet and Solemn Watch until midnight

On Maunday Thursday we mark the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. Maundy Thursday celebrates both the institution of the Eucharist and of the institution of the priesthood for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ's authority and command, in the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ's farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.

Good Friday - 30th March

13:30 - Commemoration of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross

This service is particularly solemn; the organ is not played, and all vestments are red. A moving service on this most solemn day in the Christian Calendar.

Holy Saturday - 31st March

19:30 - Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil liturgy is the most beautiful liturgy of the Church. Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, it is the dramatic Easter vigil liturgy that marks the beginning of Easter. We are awaiting our master's return with our lamps full and burning, so that he will find us awake and seat us at his table. Followed by Easter Celebration drinks.

Easter Day - 1st April

10:30 - Parish Easter Mass

Our Parish Mass celebrating the first morning of Easter, with familiar Easter hymns. The mass is followed by Easter Bubbles and Nibbles!

Services for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Our list of services for Lent and Easter is now available, including dates for our Pilgrim Lent Course.