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Lent at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

This year’s Lent theme is ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God’. Download a PDF leaflet of all our Lent sessions here.


The season begins with 2 services on Ash Wednesday, 22 February, to mark the beginning of Lent. We’ll have a 1.00 pm and 7.00 pm service. These services will include the offering of ashes, the ancient sign of our humanity and mortality.


Guest Preachers on Sundays in Lent


Throughout Lent we welcome some guest preachers, who will join us on Sundays at the 10.30 am Choral Eucharist. These special preachers are:


Sunday 26 February: The Rt Rev’d Tim Stevens, former Bishop of Leicester

Sunday 5 March: The Rev’d Canon Rufin Emmanuel, Lead Chaplain at WS Hospital

Sunday 12 March: The Rev’d Alison Miller, Assistant Priest North Bury Team

Sunday 26 March: Br Charlie Annis, Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield

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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 discuss what our Lent theme of ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God’ means to them.


Friday, 3 March: Canon Stephen Singleton

Friday, 10 March: The Rev’d Canon Linda Peall

Friday, 17 March: Canon Judi Newman

Friday, 24 March: The Rev’d Mark Osborne

Friday 31 March: The Rev’d Canon Eleanor Goodison



Wednesday Evening Virtual Talks


On Wednesday evenings, we’ll be moving things online for some special talks. Our speakers will help us reflect on the theme of our Lent series: “Fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God: Challenging perceptions to empower change.” Join us on Zoom for these free to attend sessions. Email Canon Michael Robinson to register interest: michael.robinson@cofesuffolk.org


We’ll be joined by:


Wednesday 1 March: Sexuality: The Rev’d Dr Charlie Bell

Wednesday 8 March: Race: Father Andrew Moughtin Mumby

Wednesday 15 March: Social Class: The Rev’d Sophie Cowan

Wednesday 22 March: Disability: The Rev’d Canon Tim Goode

Wednesday 29 March: Plenary Discussion “How shall we now live?”


Recommended Reading


Lent Books

Failure: What Jesus Said About Sin, Mistakes and Messing Stuff Up, Emma Ineson (Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2023)

Godforsaken: The Cross – The Greatest Hope Of All, by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell


Daily Reflections in Lent

Images of Grace, by Amy Scott Robinson.
Dust and Glory (daily reflections by the same author as the Archbishops Lent Book 2023)


For those looking for something a bit different

The Way of Thomas Merton, A Prayer Journey through Lent by Robert Inchausti


For Children and Families

Dust and Glory, A Lent Journey for Children. 40 Daily Activities for Lent, the Church of England’s 2023 Lent campaign.



The Bishop will be at the Cathedral for our annual Diocesan Confirmation service on 14 May. A Confirmation Preparation course for adults and youth is available during Lent on Sundays. Contact the Rev’d Anita Rooney for more details: anitarooney@stedscathedral.org



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

You can download the Lent events information here.