Lent Course

The Gospel of John stands apart from the other gospels. It was once described as the most divine of the divine books. To read it is to be given a glimpse of the majesty of God. It is intensely vivid and intensely mysterious in equal measure.


Using new material from his forthcoming book “Meeting God in John” by David Ford, Divinity Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, we will reflect upon how John’s Gospel draws us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ who is “The beginning and the end” and “in whom all things were made”.


There are two opportunities to join “Come and see” this Lent, with five sessions presented online and five offline.


Lent online: Wednesdays from 21 February to 20 March, 7.00pm-8.30pm:

Please email chriseyden@stedscathedral.org to receive the Zoom link.


Lent at Lunchtime:  Thursdays in the Cathedral Learning Hub. From 1.30pm – 3.00pm. Participants are also invited to have a simple lunch from 12.30 pm at a small cost.



15 February: “God in all reality” Essentials for a Christian Worldview. Who is John and what is uniquely special about his Gospel?

29 February: “Who am I” How do we identify ourselves? Who is Jesus. Who are we?

7 March: “What are you looking for? What is it we desire? Who decides?

14 March: “Where are you from”. Where is home for you? What is home for you?

21 March: “Beholding his Glory” What is God’s Glory? Where might we find it?


Please book a place on the in-person course using this link and choose either the free-to-attend lent course, or the lent course with lunch (£5.00 per session).

“Seeing is believing”


Tracy de Bernhardt-Wood Guides us through the art and significance of Icons.


On Wednesday 20 March at 1.30 pm, Tracy de Bernhardt-Wood, Suffolk icon painter will guide us through the art and significance of Icons in Seeing is Believing. This talk takes place in the Week of “Lady Day” when the Church remembers the Virgin Mary.


Tracy’s talk will include.

  • What is an icon?
  • Materials used in Icon painting.
  • The difference between icons and other sacred art.
  • The use of Icons in devotional practice.
  • An Introduction to the traditions and concept of the Mother of God in an icon.
  • Portrait painting in the first century in the middle east and the Alexandrian School.
  • What it is possible to alter in an Icon and what not.
  • An explanation of the current icon being painted alongside Icons for The Festival of the Annunciation.


There will be a number Icons on display to see and touch and the talk will be interactive with a good deal of opportunity for discussion.


The talk will last approximately 30 minutes and attendance is free. If you would like to attend and only so we can keep track of numbers, please email ChrisEyden@stedscathedral.org  to acknowledge your interest.


Tracy has studied Icons and Icon painting for many years and her training has included academic classical work at the London Atelier of Representational Art and study of iconography under Aidan Hart at the Prince’s Foundation for Traditional Arts. Tracy is currently undertaking doctoral research, on female faces in pre-14th century icons, at the Prince’s Foundation.


You can also visit Tracy at work throughout the week commencing Monday 18 March as our Icon Writer in Residence in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, during which time she will be working on painting an icon of Mary entitled “Hodegetria, “she who points the way”.