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Lent: Wednesday 14 February to Saturday 31 March

Lent is a time when Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food, being tempted by the Devil. Jesus used this time to prepare for His work by fasting and praying.

The weeks of Lent were once the time when new Christians, who were to be baptized on Easter Eve, were taught about the Christian faith and life. Those who had already been baptized thought again about the promises they had once made and promise to be true to them. Lent was a time for spring-cleaning lives, as well as homes.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the day after Pancake Day, six and a half weeks before Easter Day. The last week of Lent begins with Palm Sunday, which celebrates the day Jesus entered Jerusalem and the people lay down palms at his feet. Lent ends the day before Easter Sunday, which is known as Holy Saturday. Sundays are not counted in the forty days.

In the Roman Catholic Church, Lent officially ends at sundown on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), with the beginning of the mass of the Lord's Supper.

PACT Lent Courses:

The Salvation Army have decided to put on a series of Prayer Walks, but this time visiting a number of villages over the five week period. These will be Sunday evenings as follows:

  • 18th February 5.00 pm – meet outside St Marys Church in Buriton - download PDF
  • 25th February 5.00 pm – meet in the car park opposite Andlers Ash - download a PDF
  • 4th March 5.00 pm – meet outside St Peters Church in Froxfield - downlaod PDF
  • 11th March 5.00 pm – meet outside All Saints in Steep
    - download PDF
  • 18th March 5.00 pm – meet outside St Mary Magdalen Church in Sheet - Download PDF

We envisage being out for no more than 40 minutes. I have already received a list of prayers for Buriton, and would love to hear of any prayers required for the other villages and churches where we are meeting.

At the end of all the Prayer Walk, Stephen Field writes:

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of our pilgrimage of prayer walks around the local villages of Petersfield, and while we have prayed for these beautiful places, we have been blessed too.

Starting in Buriton, we were able to enter St Marys, where we were greeted by Rev Judith Bee, who was overseeing a family service, before we headed for the village, praying for the village hall, school and specific areas of Buriton.

Week 2 led us to Liss, where we were also able to enter St Marys Church, and pray in a little lit seated area. This was a welcome break from a very cold evening as we visiting the school and other places around the village, and we were able to pray for the church community and the Crossover Youth centre in the sanctuary of the church.

Week 3 we welcomed a very kind offer from Lindsay Clegg to lead us around the three churches of St Peters Froxfield Green, St Peters High Cross, and Holy Trinity Privett as well as the village of Froxfield . We had a very special moment in Holy Trinity Privett, when we decided to sing a verse of “How Great Thou Art”.

Week 4 took us to All Saints Church Steep, and then onto Stroud Church. We experienced another wet evening, but as we were praying over Stroud with the beautiful views of the Southdowns in the distance, the sun shone through and a rainbow appeared, reminding us of God’s promise never to flood the earth again. Just as we were leaving, the rainbow disappeared right on cue.

Our last village prayer walk was held in Sheet, where we were joined by the minister Rev Richard Saunders and two of his parishioners. Again, we were invited into the church to start our prayer journey around the village.

We hope that, through the prayers that have been offered, God will continue to bless the lives of people who live in the villages of Buriton, Liss, Froxfield on the Green, High Cross, Privett, Steep, Stroud and Sheet, and that those who hold true to the Christian Faith will shine even brighter, sharing the love of Jesus in the village where they serve.

All five village prayer sheets can be found on the PACT website for anyone who would like to use them in the future.

The Life and Witness of Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Blessed Charles de Foucauld was called the ‘Apostle of Kindness’ by Pope Francis on the eve of the opening of the Bishops’ Synod on The Family in 2015. He went on to say “To understand the family today, we too need to enter – like Charles de Foucauld – into the mystery of the family of Nazareth.”

Who is Charles de Foudcauld? And what has he to offer by way of guidance to Christians today?

Come on Tuesday 13th March 7:30 pm to St Laurence Hall where Fr Peter Codd will offer an illustrated talk on the Life and Witness of Blessed Charles. Fr Peter is a member of the National Leaders’ Team of Jesus Caritas which seeks to promote the message and spirit of Bld. Charles.

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