Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

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Manx Church Magazine - March 1938

My dear People,

Lent will be on its way before you receive this. If you have not received a copy of the arrangements for Lent, you can procure one from the Church porch. May I suggest the following rule for Lent:

  1. Attend Holy Communion each Sunday (preparing carefully beforehand);
  2. Use the Church for prayer and meditation;
  3. Read a few verses of the Bible each day;
  4. Examine your conscience carefully and seek pardon and absolution through the sacrament of penance if you cannot 'quiet your conscience';
  5. Deny yourself luxuries, abstaining from flesh meats Wednesday and Fridays;
  6. Try to conquer your besetting sin;
  7. Give alms to others by taking a Lent savings box. 

If the above are carried out in the widest sense the three principles of prayer, fasting and alms-giving will not only help us to keep 'our bodies in subjection,' but will help spiritually and materially the extension of God's Kingdom in your own heart, your own home, your own town, and indeed throughout the world.    God bless you.


A course of sermons by the Vicar on Sunday mornings on the 'The Holy Eucharist.' On Sunday evenings, Evensong will be at 6.00 pm; the Vicar will conduct a lantern service at 6.30 on 'The Men Who Crucified Christ.' On Mondays at 3 o'clock the Rev. H. Gordon will give a series of addresses. On Wednesdays at 7.30 pm, intercession service with address.

A RELIGIOUS PLAY in preparation for Easter entitled ' The Upper Room' by R. H. Benson, will be given in Holy Week. Particulars later.

Your sincere friend and Vicar

Lewis C. Watson

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