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The 6 weeks before Good Friday are known as Lent, a time of preparation to remember Jesus dying for our sins on the cross and his triumphant victory over death at Easter. At St Peter's we are encouraged to take time to prepare beginning on Ash Wednesday. During the week before Easter, known as Holy Week, we follow the events of the first Good Friday and the first Easter.
To mark the start of the penitential season of Lent we gather for a Eucharist at 7.30pm. During the service we are invited to come forward to be marked with a sign of the cross in ash on our forehead. The ash is 'imposed' with the words, 'remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and turn to Christ.' This reminds us of our mortality and our failings and our need to turn to God for renewal.
Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week with a re-telling of the story of Jesus arrival in Jerusalem when he was greeted with celebration and people throwing garments and palms on the road in front of him.
There are services and other events throughout the week, then on Maundy Thursday in the evening we remember Jesus Last Supper with his friends at which he gave the gift of the Eucharist.
We usually hold a Good Friday service for children at 9.30am. Later in the morning members of all Brackley churches unite for a procession of witness. At 2pm the Good Friday liturgy is celebrated at St Peter's Church.
On Easter Eve we hold the first Eucharist of Easter at 6.30pm in the evening. The paschal candle is dedicated and brought in to church to symbolise the light of Christ returning from the dead and bringing light to our lives. At this service we call to mind our baptism and renew our baptismal vows.
The Easter Day services are at 8am; 10am and 6pm. The principal service is the 10am Sung Eucharist, a service of celebration for all ages.
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