Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. Matthew Little Lever

Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Ash Wednesday

9:15 am Mass with imposition of ashes

7:30 pm Mass with imposition of ashes

Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The length of the Lenten fast is 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays). During Lent, participants eat sparingly or give up a particular food or a habit. e.g. give up smoking, watching television, eating sweets or chocolate. It’s six weeks of self-discipline and is intended to focus the mind.

Stations of the Cross

7:30 pm each Friday in Lent

Holy Week

Palm Sunday

8:00 am Mass

9:30 am Blessing, procession of palms and sung mass

Palm Sunday marks the start of “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth. It is the day Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem. He was celebrated by the people by the waving of palm leaves.

Monday

7:30 pm Mass and address

Tuesday

9:30 am Mass and address

Wednesday

9:15 am and 7:30 pm Mass and address

Maundy Thursday

8:00 pm Mass and address

Maundy Thursday is celebrated on the Thursday of Passion Week, the day before Good Friday. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, also known as the Last Supper, thereby instituting the Lord’s Supper, also called Holy Communion.

Good Friday

3:00 pm Mass and address

Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Traditionally it is celebrated as the day of Jesus' crucifixion.

Holy Saturday

8:00 pm Easter Vigil and First mass of Easter

Easter Sunday

8:00 am Mass with short homily

10:00 am Easter Day Parish Sung Mass

Easter Sunday traditionally celebrates the day of Jesus's resurrection and attention into Heaven.

The tradition of Easter eggs (both chocolate and decorated) which are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime, is a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth that predates Christianity.

This celebration was aligned to Easter Sunday by the Christian Church in order to symbolise a new Church and a new beginning.