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Lent & Easter at St Bride's

Lent & Easter at St Bride's

LENT, Holy Week & Easter Services

Ash Wednesday 14th February
1:15pm - Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Palm Sunday 25th March
11:00am - Choral Eucharist with Blessing & distribution of Palm Crosses
5:30pm - Choral Evensong with Sermon in Music

Maundy Thursday 29th March
6:00pm - Choral Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday 30th March
12:00pm - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
1pm-2pm - An Hour of Devotion
2:00pm - Stainer: Crucifixion

Easter Sunday 1st April
6:00am - Kindling of the Easter Fire followed by Egg Rolling in Fleet Street and Breakfast
11:00am - Choral Eucharist for Easter Day
5:30pm - Choral Evensong

Lent is rightly regarded as a challenging season for Christians, but it is important for us to remember what this is for. Lent is emphatically not about self-denial for the sake of it, nor is it about undertaking feats of endurance in order to earn brownie points from a God who regards such things as inherently praiseworthy. Because God is not like that.

Rather, Lent gives us all an opportunity to take the time to attend to our own inner turbulence, in whatever way we find most helpful, so that we can distinguish between the voices that are of God, and those that are not. To look squarely at our priorities, and at the forces that really are in control of our lives. 

And above all, to embark upon what can be the most extraordinary journey of growth, and self-discovery, leading us eventually into the astonishing, mind-blowing events of Holy Week and Easter, when we move from desolation to hope; from death to new life. 

And in the whole of human existence there can be few journeys more exciting, and more life-transforming, than that.

This Lent we invite you to join us on our journey. You can read a Lent Book, try to reduce your plastic use, give to a foodbank, or simply listen to beautiful, thought provoking music. Please read on to see how to get involved.


Concerned about the amount of plastic in your life? Would you like to find ways to use less? Then join St Bride's Choir and many others this year in attempting the challenge of a Plastic-less Lent.

The damage our plastic usage is inflicting on the planet is a clear wrong. Together, we can find alternatives, share experiences and make a difference. Week 1: "Time for a cuppa!" →

Follow the choir's adventure on Facebook: @StBrides_Choir - Twitter: @StBrides_Choir (Hashtags: #PlasticLessLent #StBrides4Lent #LiveLent).


St Bride's Lent Books

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This Lent we shall be following the same pattern as in previous years: rather than holding a weekly Lent Group, we shall instead be reading a seasonally appropriate book, in our own time, and at our own pace - with the opportunity to meet together for a single session to discuss it, immediately after the 6pm service on Maundy Thursday (29th March).

The year we have two books: The Art of Lent by Sister Wendy Beckett (SPCK, 2017) (ISBN 978-0-281-07855-4) and Dust That Dreams of Glory, Reflections on Lent and Holy Week, by Michael Mayne (Canterbury Press, 2017) (ISBN 978-1-78622-017-2), feel free to read either or both.

Copies of the books are on sale from our book stall. If you are interested in joining the reading group 29th March, please speak email the Rector -

Lent Hackney Food Bank Appeal

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Foodbank volunteer picking-up part of our previous year's collection

From Sunday 18th February until Easter Sunday on 1st April, we will be having a food bank collection for Hackney Food Bank. Donations that are welcomed and preferred are:   

  •     Milk (UHT)
  •     Fruit Juice (UHT)        
  •     Instant mash potato                 
  •     Sugar (500g)                  
  •     Rice/pasta                                 
  •     Soup (Tinned)
  •     Pasta sauces                    
  •     Meat | Fish | Fruit
  •     Sponge pudding (tinned)            
  •     Jam
  •     Tea Bags                    
  •     Biscuits
  •     Instant coffee                    
  •     Snack bars

Collection bins are located at the rear of the Church under the dome.

Diocese of London Lent Appeal: Tackling Homelessness Together


Tackling Homelessness Together: The Diocese of London has partnered with charities from across the Diocese who work at a local level to offer an immediate response to help, in the most practical of ways, those experiencing homelessness.

Although many of these organistions will offer additional services to guests such as advoacy, advice and practical support, it is the safety and security of the night shelter along with the love of Christ, together with the support and acceptance of an army of volunteers that is so often the catalyst to help those experienceing homelessness to move on and reintegrate into society.

During Lent, the collection plate from refreshments after the service will be donated to the Appeal.

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