Keeping a Holy Lent

“Come back to the Lord with all your heart during Lent” (Pope Francis)

Pope Francis’ 2018 Lenten Message is inspired by words Jesus spoke near the end of his life on the Mount of Olives regarding the end of time: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold”. (Mt 24: 12)

Describing a world marked by signs of the end of time, including false prophets  and cold hearts, Pope Francis urges us to use Lent to counteract this “great tribulation” through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

Lent at Worth Abbey

You are warmly invited to join the monks and parishioners of Worth Abbey for our programme of events for Lent:

Adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7.00 pm with Stations of the Cross at 8.00 pm every Friday in Lent starting on 23rd February.

Lent Lunches in aid of CAFOD: every Monday at Cinderhill House, RH17 7BD at 12.30 pm starting on Monday 19th February until Monday 26th March.

Lenten Sacrament of Reconciliation half an hour before and after the Good Friday service.

Books and leaflets of Lenten reflections and Stations of the Cross are available in the Abbey Bookshop.

Sunday, 4th March, 7.30 pm: Choral and Orchestral Concert with the Worth Choral Society, the Kidbrooke Singers and 4 fabulous soloists. They will be performing 2 great choral works – Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’. Orchestral music by Faure, Musssorgsky and Elgar add the final dimension to this concert. The concert is in aid of Worth Irundu Friendship.

Sunday, 11th March, 7.30 pm: Lent Organ Concert by D’Arcy Trinkwon. A virtuoso programme featuring music reflecting the themes of Lent, the Crucifixion and salvation, the dramatic, the sublime, the uplifting.

Sunday, 18th March, 7.30 pm: Sequence of Music for Lent including choral and organ music and ending with Allegri’s sublime setting of Psalm 51 – ‘Miserere’.

On the Altar of the World is a Lenten resource jointly prepared by the Liverpool Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission and CAFOD Liverpool. It provides an opportunity to study and discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home’ in the hope that we will make changes in our lives in the face of the global emergency of climate change.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, Vigil Mass with Procession at 5.00 pm on Saturday, 24th March; Mass with Procession from the Piazza at 9.30 am on Sunday, 25th March.

Maundy Thursday, 29th March, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8.30 pm.

Good Friday, 30th March, The Passion of the Lord Service, 3.00 pm.

Holy Saturday, 31st March, Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, 9.00 pm followed by refreshments in the Narthex.

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, 1st April, Mass at 9.30 am in the Abbey Church and at 11.30 am at St Dunstan’s, West Hoathly.