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As Lent draws to a close so does a pilgrimage around our diocese. During this Year of Mission 43 venues have been hosted a day of prayer holding the intention of our diocesan family as its focus. Each day, this pilgrimage took us around some of the parishes in our diocese (physically and virtually) so that the bond of connection of prayer and communion were strengthened as we prayed 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.

Fr Christopher Whitehead, Director of Adult Education and Evangelisation for Clifton Diocese talks us through the seven Holy Days by way of drawing us into the drama and the prayerfulness of Holy Week. You can see and hear him in the video below:

Canon Bosco MacDonald will welcome the Icon of St Mark on Wednesday at the Chrism Mass and tells us below how important this Pilgrimage has been for the Diocesan Family.
You can hear him in the podcast below:

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

  FIRST WEEK OF LENT:

Fr David Mills from St Gregory the Great in Cheltenham received the Icon of St Mark on the First Sunday in Lent, Sunday 18 February

  SECOND WEEK OF LENT:

This week we hear from Canon John Cunningham from Holy Rood in Swindon who received the Icon of St Mark on the Second Sunday in Lent, Sunday 25 February

  THIRD WEEK OF LENT:

This week we hear from Canon Canon Michael Fitzpatrick and Fr Saji Mathew from Salisbury who will be receiving the Icon of St Mark on the Third Sunday in Lent, Sunday 4th March

  FOURTH WEEK OF LENT:

This week we hear from Mgr Bernard Massey from St Teresa’s and St George’s Parishes in Taunton who will be receiving the Icon of St Mark on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Sunday 11th March

  FIFTH WEEK OF LENT:

This week we hear from Fr Malcolm Smeaton from St Alphege, Bath, who will be receiving the Icon of St Mark on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Sunday 18th March