'Forty Days and Forty Nights...'
Highlights of worship at St Faith's during Lent 2008

The observing of the season of Lent, culminating in the great events
of Holy Week
and leading up to the triumphant festival of Easter,
has always been at the centre of worship and devotion at St Faith's.

This gallery of pictures shows the progression from Mothering Sunday,
through Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Fr Dennis Smith sends up the incense at the beginning of the Mothering Sunday family service

Towards the end of the service, children collect bunches of flowers to give to their mothers

On Palm Sunday, we gather at nearby Merchant Taylors' School where our palm crosses are blessed

Incense is prepared and the gospel is read at a short service before we set out for Church

On the road: choir, servers, children's church and congregation process down the A565 to St Faith's

Fr Neil takes communion at the palm-bedecked nave altar at the service's climax

Maundy Thursday night and the commemoration of the Lord's Supper.
Twelve people are about to have their feet washed by the celebrant in the annual re-enactment of Christ's actions

Choir and congregation gather round the nave altar for the consecration and communion

The Lady Chapel altar is decked with greenery and ablaze with candles to represent the Garden of Gethsemane

All have made their way there for the dramatic music and reading at the end of the service

Afterwards, a watch is kept until midnight before the altar in  the darkened church

At the beginning of the Good Fiday liturgy, the sanctuary is silent, stripped and in waiting

Priest and servers carry the Great Crucifix from the back of church ready to set it in place in the choir

As the choir sings, the people come forward to pray beneath the newly-positioned crucifix statue

Words and pictures: Chris Price

Click here for highlights from the Easter services

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