The last two weeks of Lent are called ‘Passiontide’ and if you visit us, you will notice that all the statues and crucifixes in St Giles’ have been veiled in purple, almost separating us from the ‘familiar’. Our Gospel reading today mentioned Mary of Bethany anointing Jesus’ feet with perfume and wiping them with her hair – almost a scandalous activity according to some – and presenting an easy target for Judas mock concern for the poor. Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, we will figuratively follow Jesus to the gates of Jerusalem before the climatic events of Holy Week. A period of passion and high drama indeed!

We hope that you will join us at some point on the journey – and share the great themes of redemption which are included in it: incarnation, suffering, death, resurrection, glorification.

O Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
set your passion, cross and death
between your judgement and our souls,
now and in the hour of our death.
Grant mercy and grace to the living,
rest to the departed,
to your Church peace and concord
and to us sinners forgiveness,
and everlasting life and glory;
for, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
you are alive and reign,
God, now and for ever.