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As Lent begins so does a pilgrimage around our diocese. During this Year of Mission 43 venues have been asked to host a day of prayer holding the intention of our diocesan family as its focus. Each day, this pilgrimage takes us around some of the parishes in our diocese (physically and virtually) so that the bond of connection of prayer and communion are strengthened as we pray for one another. Following the ancient Roman Lenten custom, a simple journey around the diocese brings us from our starting point at the northern tip of Clifton – Chipping Camden – to journey’s end at our Cathedral and the great diocesan gathering at the Chrism Mass. You can follow the pilgrimage online with the maps below and you can even participate at a venue near you.

The schedule of venues can be found below. You will also find the booklets for Morning and Evening Prayer each day for download. Pray for these parishes in particular. Pray for our bishop and our parish and school communities. Pray for one another!

Each day, as we grow in the likeness of Christ through our prayer, our fasting and our acts of charity, we pray that as a people of hope, we might grow to become the missionary disciples that, through our baptism, we are called to be and proclaim good news to the world around us. May this journey of Lent, bringing us to the font whereby we renew our baptism commitment, strengthen us for the task of being that Good News to others through the lives we lead.

The venues – Stations – hosting these days of lent have each received a copy of the icon of St Mark commissioned for this Year of Mission. We ask St Mark’s intercession and prayer that each of us might be a herald of the gospel in all we do.

Exploring the Sunday Readings:

Each Parish Priest who will be receiving the Icon on a Sunday in Lent, will share with us their thoughts on that Sunday’s Readings.

We start off with Fr David Mills from St Gregory the Great in Cheltenham who will be receiving the Icon of St Mark on the First Sunday in Lent, Sunday 18 February

1;    Ash Wednesday: St Catherine, Chipping Camden
Evening Prayer – ASH WEDNESDAY
Morning Prayer – ASH WEDNESDAY

2;    Thursday 15 February: St Michael, Bishops Cleeve
Evening Prayer – THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
Morning Prayer – THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

3;    Friday 16 February: St Joseph, Tewkesbury
Evening Prayer – FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
Morning Prayer – FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

4;    Saturday 17 February: Our Lady of Victories, Cinderford
Morning Prayer – SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

Our Lady, Woman of Hope, pray for us

St Peter, Rock of Hope, pray for us

St Paul, Apostle of Hope, pray for us