Our 2017 Lentern journey began on Ash Wednesday – the day after Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day. During our service, we were marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes as a sign of saying sorry to God for any wrong doing and as a reminder of our mortality.
During the 40 days of Lent, we remember the time when Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray. Although everyone’s journey is different, Lent can mean a time of reflection, preparation, simplicity, fasting or giving up certain things – as well as being a time to seek forgiveness. At St Giles’ you may notice the church is quite bare: there are no flowers and even the music which accompanies our services is sombre in nature.
Holy Week this year will begin on Palm Sunday (9th of April) when we begin our service walking around St Giles’ singing, commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Our said services at the start of the week reflect certain events leading to Jesus sharing supper with his friends on Maundy Thursday. Finally, on Good Friday, we tell the story of Jesus’ death on the cross.
Service times for Holy Week are on the right hand side of the page. Everyone is welcome at St Giles’ and we hope that you’re able to visit us at some point in the coming weeks. We also look forward to the next part of the story and invite you to share in our joy on Easter Day..