We are having an unusual Lent this year, probably unlike any of us have previously experienced. I do hope you are finding some support through our online services and through regular contact from members of the congregation. Please let us know if no one has been in touch with you. As well as being unusual Lent is going to be a week longer too! Let me explain.
As government restrictions on travel outside the home and on church services are certainly in place until Monday 13 April, Archbishop Michael has suggested that the Anglican churches in Cyprus join with the other main churches on the island in celebrating Holy Week and Easter according to the eastern calendar – this year that is one week later than the western calendar. This gives us the possibility that we may be able to celebrate Easter together in St Helena’s.
So this is the plan:
- Sunday 5 April Lent 6 using the readings for Lent 4 when we kept Mothering Sunday
- Sunday 12 April Palm Sunday
- Thursday 16 April Maundy Thursday
- Friday 17 April Good Friday
- Sunday 19 April Easter Day
If the restrictions are extended beyond 13 April we will continue to offer online services from the vicarage for each of these days.
Let us continue in prayer with and for each other, in company with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.