Glencairn Methodist Church
As we approach the end of Lent and the time when we remember the Cross and Passion of our Lord, I thought it would be useful for us to reflect on these words from the Book of Common Prayer 2004:
"Brothers and sisters in Christ: since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord's passion and resurrection. It became the custom of the Church to prepare for this by a season of penitence and fasting.
"At first this season of Lent was observed by those who were preparing for Baptism at Easter and by those who were to be restored to the Church's fellowship from which they had been separated through sin. In course of time the Church came to recognize that, by a careful keeping of these days, all Christians might take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord.
"I invite you, therefore, 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."