As we prepare to begin our journey through the Season of Lent, Archbishop George has announced the key dates for the annual Lenten Station Masses in different parts of the Diocese.
The “Station Mass” originated in Rome under the auspices of Pope Gregory the Great (590-604). The Bishop of Rome would make a daily pilgrimage to one of the forty churches in Rome dedicated to the memory of the martyrs and saints. Pilgrims would walk in the footsteps of the saints and join the Pope in a penitential exercise before celebrating Mass at each “stopping place “ or “station”. In doing so, they were also following the example of Jesus who went out into the desert and fasted for forty days and forty nights in preparation for his mission. It is this “journey” which forms the spiritual background to the forty days of Lent and the journey each of us has to make into the desert of our own hearts and lives.
Following are the dates and venues for the Station Masses to be held in the Archdiocese of Cardiff. Each one begins at 7pm.
Thursday 2 March St. Mary’s Newport
Wednesday 15 March All Saints, Ebbw Vale
Thursday 16 March St. Dyfrig’s Treforest
Thursday 23 March St. Mary’s Bridgend
Thursday 30 March Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hereford
Thursday 6 April St. David’s Sixth Form College, Cardiff