Welcome to St Giles' Church 

 

We are here to love God and to make Christ known in word and deed. We are an inclusive church and welcome all comers

The Season of Lent – including Ash Wednesday (17 February) and Mothering Sunday (14 March), Palm Sunday (28 March), Holy Week (from 29 March to 2 April) and ending on Good Friday. 

 

Lent may originally have followed Epiphany, just as Jesus’ sojourn in the wilderness followed immediately on his baptism, but it soon became firmly attached to Easter, as the principal occasion for baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the Church’s fellowship for apostasy or serious faults. This history explains the characteristic notes of Lent – self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter, to which almsgiving has traditionally been added.

 

Now is the healing time decreed

for sins of heart and word and deed,

when we in humble fear record

the wrong that we have done the Lord.

(Latin, before 12th century)

 

As the candidates for baptism were instructed in Christian faith, and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, to be readmitted to communion, the whole Christian community was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan.

 

Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The calculation of the forty days has varied considerably in Christian history. It is now usual in the West to count them continuously to the end of Holy Week (not including Sundays), so beginning Lent on the sixth Wednesday before Easter, Ash Wednesday. Liturgical dress is the simplest possible. Churches are kept bare of flowers and decoration. Gloria in excelsis is not used. The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare or Refreshment Sunday) was allowed as a day of relief from the rigour of Lent, and the Feast of the Annunciation almost always falls in Lent; these breaks from austerity are the background to the modern observance of Mothering Sunday on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

 

As Holy Week approaches, the atmosphere of the season darkens; the readings begin to anticipate the story of Christ’s suffering and death, and the reading of the Passion Narrative gave to the Fifth Sunday its name of Passion Sunday. There are many devotional exercises which may be used in Lent and Holy Week outside the set liturgy. The Stations of the Cross, made popular in the West by the Franciscans after they were granted custody of the Christian sites in the Holy Land, are the best known.

 

Text from Common Worship

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Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Services at St Giles’

Sunday services will resume in church from 7 March.

 

Sunday 7 March  Lent 3

We will be livestreaming the service at 10am on Sundays via our YouTube page here

For Music and Readings 

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Virtual Coffee Morning at 11am. 

Click here to join.

Weekday Services

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday to Thursday in the Chancel)

Wednesdays   

10 March and 24 March         Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Suzanne Royce   susanjroyce@gmail.com

 

The church is open for private prayer

The church is open from 11.00-16.00 Monday-Friday for private prayer. Please observe social distancing and any other instructions required when visiting the church.

 

Private Prayer and Reflection on first Thursday of the month 

You are invited to join others in church on Thursday 4 March  Please bring the monthly prayer sheet  here. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Dates for 2021 

1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 

 

Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.30 including tea and cake.

Cleaning Angels is suspended until further notice. 
Dates in 2021 

1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 

 

2021 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 (all currently on Zoom)

23 March

w/b 3-May Supper*
22 June
13-September
15-November

* in the Rectory at 7.30pm

 

APCM Sunday 25th. April 2021

for more information click  here

 

As many of you know, our Rector Katharine Rumens is to retire in May after 20 years at St Giles. Please make a donation to show your appreciation of her ministry here.  Donate

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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