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Hymn and Prayers for 1st Sunday of Lent, 26th February

"Bread of Life"

Reading & Collect

This week's readings can be found here for this Sunday, 1st Sunday of Lent, Matthew 4.1-11.

Our weekly reflection will be part of our Online Service on our Facebook Page on Sunday

A Special Prayer for the Crisis in Ukraine

24-7 Prayer - A Prayer for the Crisis in Ukraine (ENG)
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Ash Wednesday (first stanza)

TS Eliot (1888–1965)

Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope I no longer strive to strive towards such things (Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?) Why should I mourn The vanished power of the usual reign?

Because I do not hope to know again The infirm glory of the positive hour Because I do not think Because I know I shall not know The one veritable transitory power Because I cannot drink There, where trees flower, and springs flow, for there is nothing again

Because I know that time is always time And place is always and only place And what is actual is actual only for one time And only for one place I rejoice that things are as they are and I renounce the blessed face And renounce the voice Because I cannot hope to turn again Consequently I rejoice, having to construct something Upon which to rejoice

And pray to God to have mercy upon us And pray that I may forget These matters that with myself I too much discuss Too much explain Because I do not hope to turn again Let these words answer For what is done, not to be done again May the judgment not be too heavy upon us

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly But merely vans to beat the air The air which is now thoroughly small and dry Smaller and dryer than the will Teach us to care and not to care Teach us to sit still.

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

To Pray for

  • Peace among all nations - and an end to the ongoing war between the Ukraine and Russia.

  • To everyone in Syria and Turkey following the devastating earthquakes (please click this link Emergency Collection for Syria and Turkey ( for details of an emergency collection). The many people affected by the floods in New Zealand.

  • Faith

  • Reflection

  • The family of Nicola Bulley in their darkest times.

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