Annual Theme “All Things Bright & Beautiful” – Blog #4: “A Time for Reflection”

Daffodils on Garrison Field, Portsmouth. Credit: Sharon Court

As we enter into the season of Lent, we are reminded of the importance of sombre reflection – that is, a serious and considered look at ourselves, our lives and our world, in the light of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection at Easter.

Lent is the build up to one of the most significant moments in the Christian faith, and its culmination in Easter weekend is marked by both mourning and rejoicing.

Christians mark Lent in many ways: some choose to fast and give up something which they value or enjoy in order to create more time for prayer, or to raise funds for people in developing countries, as CAFOD are doing – http://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-CAFOD/Lent

Others may choose to be more intentional in their giving, and perhaps take up a generosity challenge such as Stewardships 40 Acts – www.40acts.org ; Christian Aid’s Count Your Blessings – http://www.christianaid.org.uk/lent-easter/lent-calendar  OR Water Aid’s jars of Change http://www.wateraid.org/uk/audience/community-groups/faith-groups/lent

At the Cathedral we want to encourage everyone to engage with Lent in a way which helps deepen their faith and understanding of God and His work in our lives. As part of that aim, we are delighted to offer a fantastic line up of speakers for our Lent Lectures:

March 6th – Dr Ruth Valerio speaking on sustainable living – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portsmouth-cathedral-lent-lectures-dr-ruth-valerio-tickets-32113582590

March 22nd – Dr Sara Collins will lead a group on a Spring walk through 100 Acre Woods followed by a pub lunch – http://bit.ly/2jgEMih

March 29th – Sharon Court leading a Lenten reflection using natural materials – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portsmouth-cathedral-lent-lectures-clive-anderson-woodland-trust-tickets-32114056006

April 5th – Prof Dave Goulson speaking on the conservation of bees – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portsmouth-cathedral-lent-lectures-prof-dave-goulson-tickets-32115134231

These varied topics invite us to reflect on aspects of our annual theme in more depth. All the sessions will start at 7pm and free tickets can be booked online via Eventbrite. We hope you can join us!

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