Lent at St Mary's Church

The Season of Lent

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Lent is a forty day season that starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days ( except Sundays) until the arrival of Easter.

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Started last week
Thursday afternoons,
2.30pm at 39 Garland Close
Thursday evenings
7.30pm at The Rectory.
Starting this week
Tuesday evenings
7.30pm at 23 Saturn Way
Wednesday mornings
9.15am at St. Paul's
The Wednesday morning group at St
Paul's is especially suitable if you have
small children.
Please remember to bring your bible
with you.

Readings in Lent

First Sunday of Lent First Reading


A reading from the book of Genesis.                                                     
(2.15–17; 3.1–7)

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.”’

But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


First Sunday of Lent Second Reading


A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.             

Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned – sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law.

Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin.

For the judgement following one trespass brought  condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Therefore, just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so the act of righteousness of one leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one person’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.


This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

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More about Lent

Sundays are not included in the counting of the forty days of Lent because we use Sundays as a celebration of Christs resurection. The Fridays of the year are used to commemorate his death for our sins. The season begins on Ash Wednesday, when the minister marks the foreheads of the congregation with ashes as a reminder that man is created from dust and to dust shall return.