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Dear Friends

 

Lent is soon to be upon us.

 

I read this recently about Fasting:-

 

The purpose of fasting is to turn back to God. Missing that primary purpose makes fasting fruitless. Sure, fasting has become a popular secular practice for everything from medical treatments to weight loss, but these uses are secondary.

Fasting is a sharp reminder that there are more important things in life than food. Lenten fasting helps to release us from our attachments to the things of this world. It is often these worldly attachments that prevent us from becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves. Fasting also serves as a reminder that everything in this world is passing.

 

Or How About this as a mantra to start every day????

During these 40 days, let me put away all my pride. Let me change my heart and give up all that is not good within me. Let me love God with all that I am and all that I have. - Genesis Grain

 

Food for Thought!!!

R

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EASTER DAY 2024

 

And at the end of March on 31st we arrive at EASTER DAY

A time when you should ALL be at the 11am Eucharist to thank God for the Glorious Resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ who opens the Gate of Glory for us ALL!!

 

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Do .you remember  G K Chesterton's....The  Donkey.....a Palm Sunday favourite when I was at school  .In fact we learned it off by heart

 

 

When fishes flew and forests walked

And figs grew upon thorn,

Some moment when the moon was blood

Then surely I was born.

 

With monstrous head and sickening cry

And ears like errant wings,

The devil’s walking parody

On all four-footed things.

 

The tattered outlaw of the earth,

Of ancient crooked will;

Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,

I keep my secret still.

 

Fools! For I also had my hour;

One far fierce hour and sweet:

There was a shout about my ears,

And palms before my feet.

 

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Collect for Ash Wednesday

 

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate 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

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.                 

1979 Book of Common Prayer

 

 

And a modern collect for Easter Day

 

 

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ

 

Amen


 

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