Revd Lesley writes:
I hope your Lenten observances are going well, although, if you’re anything like me, the speed of everyday life makes the call for self-examination, penitence, self denial and Bible study that we started with on Ash Wednesday quite demanding! So perhaps this coming Sunday, the 4th Sunday in Lent, known as Laetare, or Refreshment Sunday will be a welcome moment of relief from the austerity. Laetare comes from the Latin to rejoice, and traditionally, this Sunday was considered a day of relaxation from normal Lenten rigours; a day of hope with Easter at long last in sight. This was also the Sunday when servants were released from service for the day to visit their mothers, which is why the Church now holds this day as Mothering Sunday.
Here at St Philip’s we will be having our usual Mothering Day service, when we will welcome as our preacher the Revd Rachel Carnegie, Co-Executive Director of the Anglican Alliance. Rachel combines being a mother with work, and as an SSM priest. She has preached for us before, and it will be a pleasure to have her with us again. We will also be sending all mothers (and possibly others! ) Home with a small token of our love and thanks to them for all they do for us. Do come and join us, whether you’re a mother or not! We hope this day will give us all a lift and renewed enthusiasm for our Lenten observances, but if you still feel in need of some help and inspiration for your prayers along the way, please come and join our faithful Morning Prayers in the Church on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8.00am, or take one of the ‘ Praying the Psalms’ booklets left at the back of the Church.