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An Introduction to the season of Lent
Lent began as the final period of preparation for those to be baptised at Easter, which for a number of centuries was the only time for the sacrament of baptism. Someone preparing for baptism is technically a catechumen. (Some reading these may remember having to know the Catechism as preparation for Confirmation.) The words Catechumen and Catechism both derive from the greek term catechesis which means teaching by word of mouth. The preparation was quite rigorous, and it gradually became the custom for the faithful to associate themselves with the praying and fasting required of the catechumens. Once the catechumenate fell into abeyance, because of the total conversion (at least nominally) of Europe to Christianity, and so there were no adults left to baptise: Lent remained as a period of penitential preparation for Easter.
In more recent times, the Church has sought to recover the baptismal focus of the season, and so the Sunday readings in particular have a bearing on baptism, perhaps illuminating a particular aspect, and so aid all of us in making a real and meaningful renewal of our baptismal vows which we are invited to do at Easter.
Due to the increase in the number of Coronavirus infections there will be no services at St Philips until further notice. However, if we are able to open the church building you are welcome to come between 10.00 and 11.00 a.m. for private prayer. Please remember to wear a face mask, keep to social distancing rules and wash your hands on entry to and exit from the building.
Fr. Edd Stock at Holy Trinity Sydenham – is continuing to raise money for families who are experiencing serious hardship due to the financial impact of the crisis – St Philips is supporting this important initiative and have made a donation of £500 – but individuals can also donate via the Citizens U.K. Lewisham website. Over £12,000 has been raised so far.
St Philips is an Anglican parish church within the Diocese of Southwark and based in Sydenham in south east London. St Philips has a friendly and multi-cultural congregation who rely on the effective power of prayer and the healing power of the Holy Spirit and who live out their faith in weekly and daily worship. All are very welcome to join us for our Sunday Eucharist, where we all meet together as a family: communicant members of other Churches are invited to take communion with us. Alternatively, you may prefer one of the quieter less formal weekday masses. Whatever your preference, why not join us? You will be very welcome.
Wells Park, Sydenham SE26 6QW
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