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An introduction from the Bishop of Chelmsford

Last year I wrote to church leaders across our Diocese inviting them, and their parishes and communities, to join me in observing a Holy Sabbatical during Lent; to use the period of Lent to pause, mark some of the changes we have experienced during this period of great change and then set our faces to the future, leaning into what God is calling us towards. 

This Holy Sabbatical is not an initiative but an invitation to find creative ways in which individuals and communities, might rest a while in the Lord Jesus – that we might enter the wilderness of Lent with lighter loads, prepared for reflection, refreshment and renewal.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11: 28).

I am not suggesting that we cease all our usual work or ministry during this time but that we might desist from some of our activities (such as PCCs and other business meetings) to find opportunities for prayer and reflection, either alone or alongside others in our parishes

This web page provides resources to help parishes, groups and individuals participate in the Holy Sabbatical. New resources will be added regularly as we move towards and through the Lent period. 

Whilst there are numerous resources here, my suggestion is that you choose what will work for you. Alternatively you may choose a different way to reflect and listen to God during this time. 

Bishop Guli talks about the Lent Holy Sabbatical at Diocesan Synod


Prayers and liturgy  Suggested Readings Other Resources

Gatherings for clergy and lay ministers 

Reflect, Replenish, Renew

The Lent Holy Sabbatical at Chelmsford Cathedral

Chelmsford Cathedral has published a collection of resources for the Holy Sabbatical on their website. In the Video below, the Dean of Chelmsford, the Very Revd introduces the Holy Sabbatical at the Cathedral.


View Chelmsford Cathedral Resources

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