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Friday, December 2, 2016
Rembrandt at Clifton Cathedral
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¬†Rembrandt's 'Return of the Prodigal Son', is being used by Bristol's Clifton Cathedral to help people focus on the Lenten season. A special copy of the famous painting has been donated to the parish. Cathedral Dean, Canon Robert Corrigan, will be basing his homilies during Lent on the characters depicted. Canon Robert Corrigan said: "There's one line in the parable of the Prodigal Son which always makes me think, and it simply says that he "came to his senses". I think Lent is all about coming to our senses about our relationship with God and with each other, about the things or people which we take for granted, often without realising. The words of the parable and the famous picture can help in that process. "Some people will just want to sit in the Cathedral to think and pray, while others may want to come and take a copy of the picture and the parable away ≠ there are plenty of copies available. Either way I hope it will be a help to make Lent something more than just giving up sugar in tea or chocolate for 40 days and turn it into a journey which brings us closer to God and each other." To support the parish community on its Lenten journey there will also be scriptural reflections led by Christian writer, Judith Carpenter on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Cathedral. Judith said: "The knowledge we have of Jesus is filtered through the Resurrection. We know what happened next, we know his identity, his glory. But for many of those who met him during his ministry he was simply a teacher with wonderful powers, but a stranger; some people didn't even learn his name, but he changed their lives forever. "This Lent we shall meet some of the women who met him on his journey and experience Jesus through their meeting with him." Everyone is welcome to the Cathedral on Pembroke Road for the reflections which will conclude with night prayer. Stations of the Cross will take place on Thursday evenings in the Cathedral at 7.00 pm when parishioners follow the way of the Cross hearing the scriptures and pausing for time to pray. For further information see the Cathedral's website: www.cliftoncathedral.org.uk.
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