Ash Wednesday and Lent
The references for Morning Prayer this week are as follows:
Tuesday 10 March 2015 Psalm 9, Jeremiah 11: 18-12:6, John 7:53 – 8:11 (69 – 71)
Wednesday 11 March 2015 Psalm 38, Jeremiah 13: 1-11, John 8: 12-30 (74 – 76)
Thursday 12 March 2015 Psalm 56, Jeremiah 14, John 8: 31-47 (80 – 82)
Friday 13 March 2015 Psalm 22, Jeremiah 15: 10 - end, John 8: 48-end (84 - 87)
Prayer begins each morning (Tues - Fri) - 8.45 a.m.
We use A New Zealand Prayer Book (the red book)
How do we use the book? Prayers are said aloud with the leader reading the feint print and the congregation reading the bold print. When we get to the numbered sections they are read antiphonally i.e. the leader saying the first part up to the colon, the congregation the second part.
Each morning the lectionary has a set Psalm and bible readings for Morning Prayer. We say the psalms antiphonally and we end with “Glory to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now: and shall be forever. Amen.” We take it in turns to read the sections from the bible.
A time of prayer takes place where the prayer book lists activities in bold (see p. 71). We do not do everything written down there. Instead we pray the Collect from the previous Sunday together, we have a time of open prayer and we conclude with The Lord’s Prayer.
Ash Wednesday traditionally signals the beginning of the season of Lent in the church calendar. Join us on Shrove Tuesday 17 February from 5pm in the hall for the traditional pancakes!
Ash Wednesday is mentioned as long ago as the Anglo-Saxon abbot Aelfric (955-1020). This year Ash Wednesday is on 18th February and we will be having a service of the Imposition of Ashes that evening at 7pm to which you are of course all welcome.
Lent is a season of repentance and spiritual renewal in preparation for Holy Week during which we take ourselves on a spiritual journey through the Last Supper, the passion of Christ, his crucifixion and finally his resurrection on Easter Day.
This year in Lent we will be following, not a Lenten Study programme per se, but a series of daily activities of a practical nature which we will each write up in a Lenten Journal.
Imposition of Ashes Service:
Date: Wednesday, 18 Feb
Venue: St Peter’s, Takapuna
Please see the Service Times page for all services.