A Pilgrimage Through Lent – 2023

Lent began on Ash Wednesday, 22nd February (the first of the 40 days, excluding Sundays, leading up to Easter Sunday and the Resurrection).   At a quiet evening service in Ss. Simon & Jude Church, Cockshutt, pared of all ornamentation and flowers, we celebrated Holy Communion, having had our foreheads marked with an ash cross accompanied … Continue reading A Pilgrimage Through Lent – 2023

Good Friday

Friday 7th April 2023 Luke’s account of the crucifixion (Luke 23:32-43) emphasises the mocking of the crowd.  “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself’ (35,37,39).  In their view a Messiah does not hang on a cross and suffer.  In considering the two men who were crucified with Jesus, we are also confronted with … Continue reading Good Friday

Forty Days and Forty Nights

At the end of this month, we enter the season of Lent:  those 40 days when we follow Jesus into the wilderness and prepare ourselves to celebrate His Easter victory.  In the last century an artist called Stanley Spencer planned to create a series of 40 paintings, each depicting a day in the wilderness.  In … Continue reading Forty Days and Forty Nights