Letter from the vacant Rectory

Last month on Ash Wednesday, at the beginning of Lent, we were invited in
the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination
and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and
meditating on God’s holy word.

At the beginning of this month we have three exemplars to journey with us in
the continuance of this observance. On the 1 st , we celebrate with the people of
Wales, their patron St David, on the 8 th , with our own East Anglian St Felix,
Bishop of Dunwich, and on the 17 th with the people of Ireland, their patron St
Patrick.

Many of you will celebrate Mother’s Day on the 11 th of March. In the church
calendar we keep this as Mothering Sunday. Traditionally a time when girls in
service were given time off to visit their mothers, also a time to visit our
Cathedral or mother church, and today we especially spend time to thank our
own mothers for all they do, and have done, for us.

March 18 th sees the start of Passiontide. In the Christian context this refers to
the redemptive suffering of Jesus. We follow Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem
on Palm Sunday, leading us into Holy Week with the Last supper on Maundy
Thursday, his arrest in the garden, his trial before Pilate, and then his
crucifixion on Good Friday. We have to wait until next month for Easter Day on
April 1 st , and its momentous events.

You will see on the service schedule that a full programme of worship is
planned for this month, and the ‘Witness of the Cross’ bike ride will again take
place on the morning of Good Friday. We warmly invite you to join us at any of
the services, or on the bike ride.

With every blessing at this time.

Neil Dear (Revd rtd.)