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Reading St Mark’s Gospel in Lent 2021

This year we are encouraging everyone in our church family to read
through St Mark’s Gospel together. Each year from Advent to Advent the
scheme of readings at our 8am and 10am communion services follows a
single gospel, and this year we are following Mark.
The scheme in this leaflet takes us from Ash Wednesday to Easter
Monday, reading a chunk each day. We will follow the whole of the
gospel chronologically for the most part, apart from Holy Week where we
follow the story day by day. We’ve tried to split the passages so that they
make some sense, which does mean some days there will be more to read
and some less! Where a Sunday or a day in Holy Week is marked in bold,
this means the sermon or address that day will be about that particular
passage.

Practical tips
• Find a time that works for you – early morning, midday, last thing at
night, whatever suits!
• Find a place (if you can) which is quiet – kitchen table, favourite
armchair
• You might like to say a prayer before you start. Of course, you can pray
in your own words. If you’d like to use a written prayer, here’s one
possibility:
Heavenly Father,
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship – Collect for the First Sunday of Lent
• Read the passage and think: what is going on? What is Jesus saying /
doing? Does anything surprise or interest you? Is there anything you
don’t understand?
• After you’ve read the passage you might find it helpful to spend a
moment in prayer. What do you want to say to God? You could say a
prayer like this, and / or the Lord’s Prayer:
Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Church of England Common Worship (2000)