Lent at Cardiff Cathedral
A week Wednesday, 17th February, we begin the season of Lent. Lent is a time of grace for the Church, during which we are invited to prepare ourselves to celebrate the salvific actions of Christ, His Passion, His death, and His Resurrection. During the forty days of Lent we enter the desert. The desert is a time of solitude, a time of taking that step back, a time of silence, and the attentive listening so as to be able to hear the voice of the Father speak directly to our heart. This last year has given us a lot of things to process: the events and consequences of the pandemic itself, the questions and issues which have arisen as a result of the lockdowns, not being able to mourn the loss of a loved one, having to face the various demons which lie beneath the service. This year’s Lent in particular offers us an opportunity to break through the deafening barrier of silence, to that place of intimate encounter. Pope Francis, this time last year, reflected: “[Jesus] taught us how to seek the Father who speaks to us in silence. And it is not easy to be silent in the heart because we always try to talk a little, to be with others”.
The Holy Father last year suggested that the season of Lent is “the time to give up useless words, gossip and slander and to talk to and be informal with the Lord. It is the time to dedicate ourselves to a healthy ecology of the heart, to cleanse it”. There are lots of opportunities at the Cathedral which can help us enter into this silence, whether physically during the various times of prayer, or spiritually, by uniting yourself to the Cathedral community through the live-stream.
Holy Mass – 7:30am
Holy Mass – 12:45pm
Holy Mass – 6:00pm
Leaning on the breast of the Lord
One of the great fruits of last year has been being able to establish a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each day after the lunchtime Mass, concluding at 3:00pm. During this precious time of encounter, we reflect something of the intimacy between the Beloved Disciple and Our Lord, when the Beloved Disciple leans on the breast of the Lord. This Lent gives us an opportunity to rediscover this intimacy during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; a moment when we can lean on the breast of the Lord, and allow heart to speak unto heart. This time of Adoration is also live-streamed.
Quote from Pope Benedict XVI: “In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering”.
There are three marks of Lent – prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Almsgiving is a witness of fraternal charity and work of justice pleasing to God. The collection box for the Lenten Alms will be available at the front of the Cathedral, in the wall safe near the sacristy door, marked clearly with ‘Lenten Alms’.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Attending daily Mass during Lent is a tradition enjoyed by many Catholics. It is often sacrificial in nature as it means starting our day earlier or putting dinner off until later. It is not unusual for those who make the sacrifice to attend Mass daily during Lent to continue to do so afterwards. There are several opportunities to participate in the celebration of Mass at the Cathedral:
On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, there is Mass at 7:30am for those who wish to attend before going to work, college. Mass is followed by the celebration of Morning Prayer at 8:00am.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, the lunchtime Mass at 12:45pm continues to be celebrated.
Saturday morning Mass: 10:00am
Saturday (Vigil) Mass: 5:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am & 5:30pm
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to the Cathedral. Access to the Mostyn Room is via the Courtyard.
You can also phone Clergy House and make an arrangement for Confession outside of the scheduled hours.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
12:00pm until 12:25pm
Fridays in Lent
after Mass until 1:45pm
11:00am until 12:00pm
4:30pm until 5:15pm
Stations of the Cross
Fridays of Lent
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These Stations of the Cross are open to the public and will be livestreamed.
COMPASS in Lent
Belmont Abbey: Online Retreats
Retreat for Ash Wednesday
11.00am LIVE Lent Reflection with Fr Brendan (zoom)
VIDEO REFLECTION – from Bishop Mark (below)
12.00noon LIVE Mass with Abbot Paul and the Community
Click here to be directed to Belmont’s website.