Lent Liturgy

March 1st  

First Sunday in Lent –Stones

Stones are place at the foot of the cross. 

On the first Sunday in Lent we recall, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus, at His Baptism; giving Him strength as He went on to endure the temptations. 

These stones are placed here to remind us of the wilderness places that Christ continues to bear with us.

Prayer:

God of covenant help us not so much to focus on what we ‘give up’ this Lent, but on how much we ‘give’ to your will and your ways. Amen


When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride.


 

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March 8th  

Second Sunday in Lent - Purple cloth 

A purple cloth is draped over the arms of the cross


On the second Sunday in Lent we place a purple cloth over the Lenten Cross as we remember that the call upon Jesus and upon us is not an easy one - 

it is costly and often counter cultural.

Prayer:

Most holy God, give us the desire to reject evil no matter how beneficial or popular it appears. Help us to seek to do the right thing even though it costs us dearly. Amen

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride.

 

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March 15th 

Third Sunday in Lent – Bread and Wine

Bread and the chalice are place at the cross.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

On this third Sunday in Lent we bring bread and the chalice to remind us that Christ sustains us.

Prayer

God of wisdom, help us to love you and your ways:  protect the lives and reputations of those around us, 

cherish the relationships entrusted to us, and learn the value of your sufficient grace.  In Jesus name. Amen

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride.


 

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March 22nd

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Candle 

A Candle is placed with other items

Jesus said: “Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Prayer:

Our Lord our God, help us to live as people who know that we are loved, as your children, not condemned as servants. Amen.


When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride.


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March 29th

Fifth Sunday in Lent – Bandages

Bandages are brought forward and placed at the cross

Christ came into the world to save and heal. To set us free from all that binds us

Prayer:

God of countless mercies, give us the grace to be buried daily in the love of Christ, 

like the grain that is buried in the earth. Help us to sow new seeds of growth and thereby to live more abundantly and be fruitful. Amen.


 When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride.




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April 5th

Sixth Sunday in Lent - Palm Sunday- Palm Crosses

3 Palm crosses to be placed with the other items

On this sixth Sunday in Lent we bring palm leaves to the Lenten Cross. What kind of King is this? (pause)

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Prayer:

Lord our God. We want cry Hosanna, but so often our lives shout crucify. In this most holy of weeks help us to stay close to Jesus that we may recognise the unfolding work of your hands in our lives and in your world. Amen.

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride.




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