HOLY WEEK AT ST HILDA'S
MAUNDY THURSDAY AT ST HILDA'S & ST GEORGE'S
THE MAUNDY THURSDAY SEDER at 6pm at St Hilda's on Thursday 29th March. It is open to both St George's and St Hilda's congregations and is suitable for families with children of any age. It is an interactive re-telling and involves food, wine, readings, questions and music.
We would share a simple meal together and remember the Old testament Passover story as part of our remembering the story of Jesus - this will link then to the Maundy Thursday service in church at 7.30pm. There will also be a service at St Georges for those who wish to remember Maundy Thursday there - though they are welcome to stay at St. Hilda's if they wish.
What is Lent? When does it start? What to do during Lent?
Lent is a six week period leading up to Easter. It's one of the most important times of the years for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, held at a similar level of importance to Advent - the build up to Christmas.
While Advent is a celebration and a time of great anticipation. Lent is more frequently seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday. Lent has been a traditional time of fasting or giving something up or abstinence. Just as we carefully prepare for events in our personal lives, as a wedding, or a birthday; a commencement Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus' life, death and body resurrection.
When does Lent start?
Because Lent follows the liturgical calendar, the exact date that Lent falls each year changes, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is always held 46 days ( 40 fasting days and 6 Sundays ) before Easter Sunday.
Ash Wednesday is the day after Shrove Tuesday, which in the UK is more commonly known as Pancake Day. Elsewhere in the world Shrove Tuesday known as Mardi Gras (meaning 'Fat Tuesday' in French).
The Epiphany of The Lord
The Arrival of The Magi
The events surrounding Jesus’ birth in the gospels of Luke and Matthew are very different. The gospel of Luke tells us about the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, the trip of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, the shepherds’ visit to see Jesus, and the blessings given by Simeon and Anna in the Temple in Jerusalem. Matthew ignores those details but adds new ones such as Gabriel’s visit to Joseph, the arrival of the magi, the trip of Joseph and Mary to Egypt and back, and their trip up to Nazareth. Why are the accounts different? Luke and Matthew have different purposes. Luke wants us to know that Jesus was God in human flesh, but Matthew wants us to know that Jesus is the Messiah, and so Matthew includes fulfilled prophecy. Both Luke and Matthew want us to know that Jesus came to die for us.
Advent - A time of waiting for the coming of Jesus.
The Advent wreath Within the Advent wreath are candles that represent the four weeks of the Advent season as well as the light of God coming into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ.
THE CHURCH SEASON is Green until All Saints Sunday in November
Green - Ordinary Time
Red - Palm Sunday White - Easter Sunday Red - Pentecost