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Bishop Alan launches series of Lenten Station Masses

At the first of a series of Lenten Station Masses in Peterborough, Bishop Alan spoke of how the cross is a new beginning for each one of us.

The Lenten Station Masses across the Diocese will take place in each deanery at 5pm for Exposition and Confession and 6pm Mass.

Bishop Alan celebrated that first of the series at St Peter and All Souls in Peterborough. In his homily, he spoke of how the cross is the centre point of the Incarnation.

“God comes into the messiness of our human lives,” said Bishop Alan, “locking eternity into time and space in order to redeem us and the whole of creation from sin.”

He went on to speak of how that had to be a total self-emptying of God in Jesus Christ: “Jesus emptied himself down to the last dregs…He faced all the human experience of fear, pain, dereliction, yes, and even the depths of hell itself.”

Yet it was on the cross that the Incarnation was completed and accomplished, said the Bishop. “The ending of the cross is a beginning…The cross which we celebrate this Lent is the centre point and purpose of the Incarnation. It is the centre point in the salvation of the world and the wonderful love and mercy which God has for each one of us.”

The dates for the Lenten Station Masses are as follows and include live stream links: 

Cambridge Deanery – Our Lady and the English Martyrs – February 26

King’s Lynn Deanery – Our Lady – March 2

Ipswich Deanery – St Mary – March 4

Bury St Edmunds – St Edmunds – March 9

Coastal Deanery – Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft – March 11

Norwich Deanery – St John’s Cathedral, Norwich – March 16.

Pictured above is Bishop Alan at the Lenten Station Mass in Peterborough