Keeping a holy Lent:
springtime for our journey of faith
Led by Rev’d Dr Paul Barlow,
(Chaplain of St John’s, Sandymount, Dublin)
(near Poyntzpass, between Newry and Portadown)
21st February 2015
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“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Lord to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word” (Book of Common Prayer 2004).
The Ash Wednesday liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer sets before us Lent as a time of renewal – a spiritual springtime. This will be the theme of this year’s Affirming Catholicism Ireland Lenten Quiet Day, to be held in St Mary’s Parish Church and Parish Centre, Drumbanagher (near Poyntzpass, between Newry and Portadown), on 21st February, 10:30am – 3pm.
Incorporating Morning Prayer, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and periods of silence, there will be three addresses on the core disciplines of Lent – almsgiving, fasting, and prayer – and how these can shape a springtime in our faith journey. Clergy will also be available on the day for those who desire the ministry of penitence and reconciliation.
The day will be led by Rev’d Dr. Paul Barlow, Chaplain of St John’s, Sandymount, in the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. St John’s is a historic centre of the catholic Anglican tradition in Ireland. After formation for ordination in Chichester Theological College, Rev’d Barlow served in the dioceses of Guildford and Winchester. He has been trained in giving retreats and spiritual guidance at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in Wales.
The Lenten Quiet Day is organised annually by Affirming Catholicism Ireland, providing a means during the penitential season of being renewed in discipleship through the insights and riches of the catholic Anglican tradition. The Quiet Day is open to all members of the Church of the Ireland.
Directions to St Mary’s Parish Church, Drumbanagher:
From Dublin – approximately three miles from the A27/A1 junction, in direction of Poyntzpass
From Armagh/Portadown – approximately three miles from Poytnzpass on the A27, in direction of Newry