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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 March 2011

With the beginning of Lent later in the week, Brian D'Arcy has some advice on preparing for a season of reflection and introspection. This week's featured choir is the Coventry Singers, directed by Paul Leddington Wright. The organist is Nigel Spooner. Hymns include All for Jesus, How sweet the name of Jesus sounds, and the anthem Lord for thy tender mercies' sake. The producer is Janet McLarty.


    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    St Peter
    The Coventry Singers

    What shall we offer our good Lord
    Duke Street
    Singers at Wesley’s Chapel in London

    God that madest earth and heaven
    Ar hyd y nos
    St John’s Harrow

    Lord for thy tender mercy’s sake
    The Coventry Singers

    Sweet is the work
    Deep Harmony
    Bracknell Choral Society

    Lord teach us how to pray aright
    St Hugh
    The Coventry Singers

    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    St Leonards
    Choir of Belfast Methodist College

    All for Jesus
    The Coventry Singers


    “Lord teach us how to pray aright … for we perish if we cease to pray.”

    Lent calls us to repentance and repentance involves a change of heart. Help me to realise Lord that to change my life without changing my heart is like cutting weeds and leaving roots in the soil. Give me the grace to turn away from evil and to do what is pleasing to you.

    We pray for those for whom fasting is a permanent condition due to hunger and a lack of food.

    Protect me Lord from being blind to my own sins. Help all of us to see the need to change our lives.

    Give me the grace to show repentance by a new way of living.

    God of love hear our prayers tonight. Help us know your will and do it with courage and faith. We make this and all our prayers through Christ our Lord, Amen.


    The prophet Joel in chapter 2, verse 13, prays: “Come back to the Lord with all your hearts; leave the past in ashes; and turn to God with tears and fasting for he is slow to anger and ready to forgive.”

    Lord bless the sinner who repents with sincerity, with the healing gift of forgiveness.

    Bless us all with a sense of new life as we journey through Spring to the joy of the Easter season.

    Help us to be generous and charitable to those in need. Bless us with the gift of true prayer so that we may hear God’s Holy Spirit within us.

    May almighty God bless us all in this world and in the next. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


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