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Lent Station Masses to be held across East Anglia Diocese

Lenten Station Masses will be held in the seven Deaneries across the Diocese of East Anglia celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes.

Each Mass will begin with an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession at 6pm, followed by the Station Mass at 7pm and refreshments at 8pm.

Masses will take place at: St Luke’s in Peterborough on March 6, St Edmunds in Bury St Edmunds on March 9, St Pancras in Ipswich on March 16, Holy Family, Gaywood, King’s Lynn on March 20, Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland near Norwich on March 23, St Peter’s Gorleston on March 27 and Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge on March 31.

Bishop Alan said: “Let us take the opportunity this Lent to come home to the Father! Encourage those who no longer worship with us or have lost their way, to come home to the Father! And when you have done so, become a missionary of God’s loving mercy in your family, in your place of work or learning, in your local community, in your local Christian community. For Mercy is the beating heart of the Gospel and must be the beating heart of every Christian community and every Christian life.”

The “Station Mass” originated in Rome under the auspices of Pope Gregory the Great. They were conceived as a daily pilgrimage in the footsteps of the martyrs and saints. Pilgrims and penitents visited 40 churches in Rome on foot and performed penitential exercises and celebrated Mass in each “stopping place” or “station”. In doing so, they were also following the example of Jesus who went out into the desert and fasted for forty days and forty nights in preparation for his mission.

Pictured above is the Lent Station Mass at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich last year.