The Scottish Episcopal Church - United diocese of Glasgow and Galloway
Welcome to Lent 2021
In this season of Lent as we begin together and yet isolated, this page will help us to see what we are doing in our homes to keep this season as we are physically apart. On Ash Wednesday we will not receive the sign of the cross on our foreheads but we have received in the post a bookmark with the ash cross on it for a reminder that we are together in our prayer and lenten observances.
The Bishop's Lent Appeal with year is for Aberlour Childrens Charity and it would be good to have a look at their website to find out what amazing and vital work they do with young people in Scotland. You can find their website at https://www.aberlour.org.uk/
If you would like a picture or some words included from your Lenten observance please send them through to the Rector by email, whatsapp, text, .... or on our Facebook pages too.
17 February 2021 - the start of Lent
"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return
Repent and believe the Gospel"
The Collect for Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God,
you despise nothing you have made
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our brokenness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Introduction to the season
Dear friends in Christ, as we begin the season of Lent we are reminded that, in our Christian lives, we seek to realise the death of Jesus so that God may be glorified in our worship and through our witness in the world.
Saint Paul writes of ‘carrying around the death of Jesus in our bodies, so that the life of Jesus may be clearly shown in our bodies’ (2 Cor 4. 10).
It is through baptism that we die into Christ’s death (Rom 6. 3–4) so that we may share in his resurrection. In beginning our Lenten observance, we are therefore reminded of our baptism, and how Christ’s death on the cross may clearly be shown in our lives.
We now come before God in penitence, reflecting on our life in Christ. We pledge ourselves to observe this season of self-examination, discipline, and self-denial with sincerity, prayer, and reverent reflection on holy Scripture, seeking God’s purpose for us, and modelling our lives on the example of Christ Jesus.
Beginning Lent - Kilted Fridays and more
Many of you have called or emailed me to say thank you for the ash cross bookmarks and I am glad you will use them in your reading and prayer during the coming season. It is always good to have something tangible to have as an aid to our devotion and study.
Some have said that they are starting to look for bits of tartan to wear on a Tuesday, whilst I know that some of the kilt owners are getting them ready for Friday - we shall look forward to seeing the pictures as they come flooding in.
Here is mine for a start as I took a selfie before Morning Prayer being streamed on Ash Wednesday morning in St Gariel's Oratory aka my attic and place of all things zoom!
and just so that we never forget to drop a coin or note in as we sit down to eat, here is our prayer singing bowl that is being used to contain all the donations we are making to Aberlour this Lent
Lenten Quiz to get you going
Monthly Newsletter download: October Newsletter for St Johns and St Margarets
Weekly downloads: PEWSHEET - Weekly INTERCESSIONS - GOSPEL Reflection
Archive of previous weeks downloadable resources - Archive of our ONLINE SERVICES
Daily Prayer in the Scottish Episcopal Church is an important part of our spiritual life and can be followed here