Friday, February 12, 2016

Pilgrim Group meets in the Vicarage Rooms from 15 February at 3pm

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Saturday 17 February Edmonton Area Leadership Conference



St Jude's has been invited to two musical events:



Sunday, February 07, 2016

Ash Wednesday 10 February 2016

ASH WEDNESDAY
Mass and Ashing
9.00 am at St Jude's


United Service at Golders Green 7.00 pm

Celebrant: The Revd Alan Walker
Preacher: The Revd Rex Morton


Lent may originally have followed Epiphany, just as Jesus’ sojourn in the wilderness followed immediately on his baptism, but it soon became firmly attached to Easter, as the principal occasion for baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the Church’s fellowship for apostasy or serious faults. This history explains the characteristic notes of Lent – self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter, to which almsgiving has traditionally been added.

Now is the healing time decreed
for sins of heart and word and deed, when we in humble fear record
the wrong that we have done the Lord.
(Latin, before 12th century)

As the candidates for baptism were instructed in Christian faith, and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, to be readmitted to communion, the whole Christian community was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan.

Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The calculation of the forty days has varied considerably in Christian history. It is now usual in the West to count them continuously to the end of Holy Week (not including Sundays), so beginning Lent on the sixth Wednesday before Easter, Ash Wednesday. Liturgical dress is the simplest possible. Churches are kept bare of flowers and decoration. Gloria in excelsis is not used. The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare or Refreshment Sunday) was allowed as a day of relief from the rigour of Lent, and the Feast of the Annunciation almost always falls in Lent; these breaks from austerity are the background to the modern observance of Mothering Sunday on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

As Holy Week approaches, the atmosphere of the season darkens; the readings begin to anticipate the story of Christ’s suffering and death, and the reading of the Passion Narrative gave to the Fifth Sunday its name of Passion Sunday.


Common Worship: Introduction to the Season



Ash Wednesday at St Jude's 2011

Monday, February 01, 2016

UCL Bartlett Scool of Architecture 2016

Students from UCL Bartlett Scool of Architecture with Eva Branscome on their annual vist to the church
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