Lent at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

We have a great schedule of Lent events coming up, all centred around this year’s theme of Radical Living in the Face of Environmental Crisis.


The season begins with 2 services on Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent. We’ll have a 1.00 pm and 7.00 pm service with special guest preacher, Brother Charlie Annis novCR joining us for the latter. Brother Annis is a novice brother from the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. He will also be returning later in April as our Holy Week preacher.


Guest Preachers on Sundays in Lent


Throughout Lent we welcome some guest preachers, who will join us on Sundays at the 10.30 am Sung Eucharist and stay for ‘meet the preacher’ sessions after every service from 11.45 am – 12.15 pm. These special preachers are:


6 March: The Venerable Dr. David Jenkins

13 March: The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite

20 March: The Reverend Canon Jutta Brueck

3 April: The Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew Todd

Friday Lunchtime Addresses


We will also be holding Friday Lunchtime Addresses from 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm. During these sessions, our speakers will share their experiences on how caring for the planet and living a simpler life impacts upon their life and work. These addresses are by:


11 March: The Reverend Canon Brynn Bayman

18 March: The Reverend Canon Susan Bates

25 March: Canon Jonathan de Bernhardt Wood

1 April: Canon Mark Sheard

8 April: Canon David Bagstaff


Wednesday Evening Virtual Talks


On Wednesday evenings, we’ll be moving things online for talks regarding  ‘Radical Living, Christians and the Environmental Crisis.’ Each week a new speaker will look at the environmental challenges of today from a different perspective. These talks are free to attend. For more info and the Zoom link, please email Canon Michael Robinson: michael.robinson@cofesuffolk.org. We’ll be joined by:


9 March:  Ellen Teague with her session, Laudato Si: A Call to Ecological Conversion

16 March: The Reverend Canon Dr. John Parr with his session, Passover and Passion: Unbinding and Rebinding Creation

23 March:  The Reverend Helen Burnett with her session, Reflections of a Climate Rebel

30 March: The Reverend Dr. Arabella Milbank Robinson with her session,  ‘The dearest freshness deep down things’: Poetry, Theology and Ecology


Recommended Reading


Two books are recommended for Lent: “Live Lent: Embracing Justice” by Isabelle Hamley and “Cries For a Lost Homeland” by Guli Francis-Dehqani. If you are interested in joining a Lent Book Group please contact canon.pastor@stedscathedral.org.

Make an EcoPledge


We’d also love for you to make an EcoPledge alongside our Lent theme of Radical Living in the Face of Environmental Crisis. EcoPledge22 is an invitation to everyone in the Cathedral community to live out their faith by stepping up our care for the earth and the life it sustains. Use this EcoPledge22 document and underline what you/your household are already doing:


  • Use Lent to reflect on, and then tick, what you intend to start or do more of this year
  • Write your EcoPledges on paper hands and bring them to the Cathedral for the special services between Easter and Pentecost;
  • Keep this form as a record of your EcoPledge, so that you can review it in 12 months’ time.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Cathedral during our Lent celebrations.

You can download the Lent events information here.