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Lenten Station Masses to be held across East Anglia

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


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

The dates are:

Peterborough Deanery – St Peter & All Souls – March 3

Cambridge Deanery – Our Lady and the English Martyrs – March 5

Kings Lynn Deanery – Our Lady & St Charles Borromeo, Wisbech – March 10

Ipswich Deanery – St Mary – March 12

Bury St Edmunds – St Edmunds – March 18

Coastal Deanery – Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft – March 24

Norwich Deanery – St George, Norwich – March 26

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 40 days and forty nights in preparation for his mission.

Pictured above is a previous Station Mass at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich.

 

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