Lent – a season to encounter God
"Lent is often thought of as a time to give things up. Relinquishing things is undoubtedly a good discipline: peeling away some of the clutter and the bad habits that stifle our lives. But more importantly, Lent is a time to try something new: to renew and refresh the connections that link us with our fellow
human beings and the world we share. And above all, the season of Lent invites us to return to the source of all life in God.
We know that God is eternal and unchanging. What we tend to forget is that God is also inexhaustibly new – as Sydney Carter’s hymn puts it:
You are older than the world can be,
You are younger than the life in me.
Ever old and ever new,
Keep me travelling along with you.
In these days of Lent, the Church invites us to encounter God, the world and one another afresh, learning what it is to follow Christ’s new commandment that we should love one another: ‘as I have loved you, you also should love one another’ (John 13:34)."
The Revd Canon Edmund Newey, Sub Dean
Not to be missed in the Cathedral during Lent...
Return to Me: A Service of Words and Music for Ash Wednesday - 1 March 2017 at 6pm. Free entry
We mark the beginning of Lent with this service of words and music, culminating with the imposition of ashes. The music includes the Litany sung in procession and Allegri’s setting of the Miserere. The service is followed by an optional short service of Holy Communion in the Latin Chapel.
Chapter and Verse: Compline during Lent 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April, Wednesdays in Lent, at 9pm.
Sung Compline with a short reflection on a single verse of scripture by members of the Cathedral Chapter.
JS Bach’s St John Passion - Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 7.30pm. Free entry
Oxford Baroque and Christ Church Cathedral Choir perform Bach’s St John Passion as part of the devotions for Holy Week. The Cathedral Choir and Oxford baroque will be joined by soloists:- Benjamin Durrant (Evangelist), William Gaunt (Christus) and William Pate (Pilate). The conductor is Stephen Darlington.
The Journey - Stations of the Cross 27 Feb – 21 April 2017. Free event
The Journey exhibition showcases the talent of multimedia artist Jacqui Parkinson, and leads the visitor through the final stages of Jesus’ life in a sequence of ideas. Presented step by step in similar fashion to the Stations of the Cross.