of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757
26 February 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Exodus 24: 12-end 2 Peter 1: 16-end S. Matthew 17: 1-9
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Ash Wednesday 9 am Matins, 9.30 am Commination, Imposition of Ashes and Holy
Next Sunday: 9.30 am Matins; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee; Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake.
WEAR THEM WITH PRIDE! (March 1)
On Ash Wednesday we begin Lent by putting ashes on our forehead (an ancient symbol of being a penitent). The ashes, of course, are only a symbol. They remind us that one day we will return to ashes at the end of our life and that in the meantime we need to ensure that we deepen our commitment to the gospel and turn away from sin. Once we have washed ourselves the ashes will no longer be visible to others. But we can carry them spiritually with us for the six weeks of Lent as an inner sign to ourselves that each day we are trying to die to our bad habits and so rise to glory with Christ at Easter. Even though others can’t see your inner ashes, wear them with pride!
LENT - WHEN?
The timing of Lent changes every year. This is because it is the period that leads up to Easter and the date of Easter changes each year due to its being calculated according to the moveable lunar cycle of the Spring Equinox. In the western Church the earliest it ever falls is March 22nd and the latest is April 25th. So Lent comes six weeks before these dates.
LENT - HOW LENT IS STRUCTURED
After a four-day prelude that takes us from Ash Wednesday to the first Sunday of Lent we begin our season in earnest.
The first two weeks of Lent form a unity. The first Sunday introduces us to the humanity of Jesus. Like us he too was tempted; but he didn’t succumb to temptation. To refuse all the attractions that the world can offer is a radical choice. It’s not easy, and it’s a choice that our baptism demands of us daily since our baptism is not a once and for all thing but something that has to be renewed with each dawn. On the second Sunday we see the opposite side of the coin: the divinity of Jesus. We too are called to share in that divine life both here on earth and afterwards for eternity. ...... The heart of Lent is found in the third, fourth and fifth weeks. These change according to a three-year cycle but are best characterised by Year A (the lectionary this year). These weeks offer the catechumens (and therefore us too) an overview of what it means to become a Christian and follow Jesus. The images from the gospel of water, light and life are shown as the primary symbols of the new Christian status. This is about a living water that satisfies us deep down; a light that helps us to see things in a different way; and a life that makes sense of our world and is offered for ever.
The sixth week of Lent is called Holy Week. It concentrates on the forthcoming Passion of Jesus and invites us to die with Christ to sin and so rise with him to a new form of life. The Triduum comprises Maundy Thursday (the institution of the eucharist and the commandment to follow Christ’s example of love), Good Friday (his triumph over sin and death on the Cross) and the Easter Vigil on the Saturday night (Christ’s resurrection, our sharing in new life, the baptism of catechumens etc.).
DOING IT TOGETHER
Lent remains, as it always has been, the Church’s preparation for Easter. This preparation is both baptismal and penitential. Catechumens may be selected for Easter sacraments. Every member of the parish is invited to prepare for the Easter renewal of baptism by entering into penance and renewal. This preparation is also social and outward. It is not enough for us to make only private promises and to endure individual and inward deprivations.
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Jeremiah 1, John 3: 1-21, Galatians 1
Tues: Jeremiah 2: 1-13, John 3: 22-end, Galatians 2: 1-10
ASH WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 58; 1-12, 2 Corinthians 5: 20b - 6:10, S. John 8: 1-11
Thurs: Jeremiah 2: 14-32, John 4: 1-26, Galatians 2: 11-end
Fri : Jeremiah 3: 6-22, John 4: 27-42, Galatians 3: 1-14
Sat: Jeremiah 4: 1-18, John 4: 43-end, Galatians 3: 15-22
NEXT SUNDAY : Genesis 2: 15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5: 12-19 OR S. Matthew 4: 1-11