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Dear Friends, 

These challenging times have inspired examples of remarkable creativity across our diocese, and fresh expressions of faith formation within our parish communities. In this spirit we are delighted to offer a fresh and innovative resource for your parishioners and small community participants for their journey through Lent 2021.

During Lent last year, Fr Richard Nesbitt, parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima, White City, found inspiration to write a series of 15 poems on the themes of Our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. Through the Friends of the Holy Land charity, a number of people in the Holy Land were then approached to offer their reflections on the Scriptures for Holy Week, the poems and their own personal experiences. 

Friends of the Holy Land Lenten Paperback Book

The result is Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land, a prayerful and timely resource. In summary, the book contains:

· Forewords by Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Founder Patron of Friends of the Holy Land) and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury.

· 15 chapters each featuring a poem, Scripture, a reflection from a Holy Land ‘Voice’, a prayer and questions for group reflection or individual meditation as well as a biography of the contributor.

· Stations of the Cross during a Time of Pandemic, first prayed at Our Lady of Fatima in Lent 2020.

· An invitation to share the reader’s own poem or reflection on Simon of Cyrene.

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As with previous seasonal resources, Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land can be used for individual meditation as well as group reflection and faith-sharing. Groups will find a suggested path through the book during Lent and Easter, but it is flexible enough to respond well to particular circumstances (in terms of meeting frequency and online/offline gatherings).

The proceeds of this book (priced at £7.99 plus postage and packaging) will go to the Friends of the Holy Land to aid their work with the neediest of our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. As with those closer to home, our brothers and sisters there have suffered dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, including economically with the cessation of pilgrimages and tourism and the resulting loss of income.

So, welcome to the journey.

Fr Chris Vipers, Director of the Agency for Evangelisation

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Monday evening reflections through Lent with Fr Richard Nesbitt

On each Monday evening through Lent, Fr Richard Nesbitt will lead an online reflection on six of the Chapters from 'Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land' . Starting on Monday 22nd at 7.00pm, each will last 45 minutes.  To register e-mail: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk All Welcome!