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‘Bishop’ comes from the Greek word for ‘overseer’. So a bishop is a senior Christian minister authorised to have oversight for God’s people. As well as duties given to deacons and priests, bishops confirm and ordain.
‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).
Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. It is a particular time to confess sin and to seek personal and collective renewal (a ‘springtime of the spirit’). Lent has a special focus on Jesus’s journey to the cross and prepares the Church to celebrate his resurrection.
Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).
Reflections for Lent
The Bishop of St Davids, Dorrien Davies, is publishing a weekly series of reflections for Lent season. Here is the latest:
2024: The Year of Social Responsibility
Following on from the themes of Prayer, Discipleship and Pilgrimage, this year the Diocese of St Davids is focusing on Social Responsibility.
The year of Salt and Light, as it has become known, helps us focus on how we live our lives within the worldwide context on our pilgrimage through ordinary life.
Social responsibility is so big and so wide that it would be impractical to try to tackle it all in even one year. Thus, we have chosen to focus on a few areas during different seasons in the year.
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