Liturgy, Solemnities and Feasts - March 2022

Sunday 27th March 2022

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

MOTHERING SUNDAY

This Man Welcomes Sinners

If we acknowledge our faults and turn to God, he will welcome us home with outstretched arms and embrace us lovingly. Throughout Lent he is waiting for us: we have only to take the first small step.

The Readings:

Joshua 5:9-12

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Gospel: Luke 15:1-3.11-32

Collect:

O God, who through your Word
reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten towards the solemn celebrations to come.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 20th March 2022

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Unless You Repent, You Will Perish

Today's Gospel is one of the most frightening we meet. Jesus warns us against putting off repentance until tomorrow - who knows if tomorrow is too late?

The Readings:

Exodus 3:1-8.13-15

1 Corinthians 10:1-6.10-12

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

Collect:

O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may be lifted up by your mercy.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 13th March 2022

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

Our Homeland is in Heaven

Today's account of Jesus' transfiguration gives us a glimpse of his glory - which is the future glory held out to us if we persevere in following our Lord.

The Readings:

Genesis 15:5-12.17-18

Philippians 3:17-4:1

Gospel: Luke 9:28-36

Collect:

O God, who have commanded us

to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to

nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual

sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 6th March 2022

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

Bow Down in the Sight of God

It is only by God's mercy that we can be strengthened against temptation and saved from death. The Lord's grace is rich enough for those who ask his help - we need that help, and we need to ask for it.

The Readings:

Deuteronomy 26:4-10

Romans 10:8-13

Gospel: Luke 4:1-13

Collect:

Grant, almighty God,

through the yearly observances of holy Lent,

that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

2nd March 2022

ASH WEDNESDAY - Lent begins

Come Back to Me with All Your Heart

Taking ashes is a sign that we acknowledge our status as creatures and are willing to repent - a necessary prelude to conversion of heart and openness to the Good News. Prayer and fasting are the means of our Lenten conversion to God.

The Readings:

Joel 2:12-18

2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

Collect:

Grant, O Lord, that we may begin

with holy fasting this campaign

of Christian service,

so that, as we take up battle against

spiritual evils, we may be armed with

weapons of self-restraint.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.