Lent - The season for prayerful self examination

By Mary Green - 28 February 2019
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Plants are living examples of the returning sunlight, responding to the sun with extraordinary determination. New Life abounds in the warming earth from blossom to daffodil to broad bean, fighting their way against all odds to reach the light that the returning sun and the longer daylight hours herald.

Some people want Easter to be regulated to the same day each year but, perhaps, rather, it is an opportunity or even a wake up call, to revitalise our connection with the natural environment recognising that the moon is an integral and essential part of our existence and still has a place in the Christian Calendar.

At this moment in the year, through the symbolism of Hope, we are poignantly connected to both our Christian faith and to the Earth. Lent, (which, interestingly, originates from the word lenten and means Spring) however, is associated with a time of reflection on the 40 days of temptation, suffering and sacrifice as the life of Jesus plays out before us in the most demanding, horrible, murderous and traumatically unimaginable ways.

We are brought face to face with the reality of existence, human-induced suffering and death as we also reach the end of winter with its symbolism of barren and deadly landscapes - and that is it. Just as Lent is not Easter because it is about the suffering and death of Christ, winter is not spring because it is about the long dark nights and barren landscapes.

Living and reflecting on the present moment of this cyclic experience of both the liturgical year and the natural year gives us the context to properly reignite, when that moment comes, the ‘Hallelujah’ of Easter and the celebration of Spring.

Silence in the Cathedral invites us into these moments in the year where nature and Christianity dance together: “…as the seasons of the year pass within the rhythm of the universe, we have chosen to mark with silence four Christian seasons and festivals to celebrate and reflect on our human place in this eternal cycle…"

Silence in the Cathedral - which is convened by the Silence in the Cathedral Group - will take place on Monday 18 March.
Cloister open for meditative walking from 6.30pm and the silence will be from 7pm until 8pm.
For more information click here

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