Lent 2022: A message from the UCL Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser

2 March 2022

Lent begins on 2 March, Ash Wednesday and the UCL Interfaith Forum and Chaplain has a message to those who observe this period in the Christian calendar.

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Lent 2022 begins on Ash Wednesday, 2 March.

Lent is the season in the church calendar that encourages us to focus on self-examination and repentance. Turning away from evil, but also turning towards God with renewed expectancy.

Lent derives its structure from Jesus’ 40 days in the dessert wilderness where he fasted, prayed and faced the temptation of Satan, as a time of preparation for his public ministry.

It’s a time when Jesus is led by God out of his comfort zone and into a place where he is entirely dependent on God the Father to sustain him.

In that wilderness, Jesus demonstrated to us that whatever we face, God is sufficient to meet our needs. Prayer and fasting can bring us spiritual strength, when we use them to draw closer to God and his purposes.

As Lent approaches this year we find ourselves in uncertain times, we are once again mindful of our need to trust in God rather than in our own self-sufficiency.

Lent offers us a time to reflect on the power of God as well as on our own lives, and to ask ourselves a very important question, who or what are we trusting in?

If you would like to visit or attend a church service, St Pancras Church on Euston Road is open to all. The church remains open for individual prayer at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2pm

Sunday: 9.30am - 2pm

The Rev'd Lizzie Baughen, UCL Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser 

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