Find some peace in the City this Lent

Monday 24th February 2020

There has been a long tradition over the years, when people are visiting the city centre of Manchester, of popping into St Mary’s, the Hidden Gem, in Mulberry Street.  It is a great tradition that the parish is inviting us to continue this Lent.

The Hidden Gem, a beautiful little church hidden away in a backstreet not far from Manchester Town Hall, is now at the heart of a bustling commercial centre and, with new apartments being built all around the city, at the centre of a growing population.  But it is in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the daily life of the city centre that the Hidden Gem, over the years, has been a place of quiet prayer and worship.

There are plenty of opportunities for times of quiet prayer and reflection in the heart of the city this Lent, with the church being open each day from 8am until 6pm.

If you are in Manchester for work, shopping or pleasure, why not call in to the Hidden Gem and spend a little time in quiet prayer?

Below, there is a programme of what is taking place at the Hidden Gem this Lent, but the main things each day are:

  • Each weekday during Lent there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity for Confession (11.30am), Holy Mass (12.30pm) and Stations of the Cross (1pm).
  • Each Wednesday during Lent there will be an additional early evening Mass (5.15pm) followed by a series of Lenten Meditations “Serene Silence”, meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Mary (6pm-7pm).
  • Each Friday during Lent there will be an additional early morning Mass (8.00am) and an extended period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the lunchtime Mass until 3pm, when we will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

The full Lent programme can be found here

Around our diocese we are lucky to have many churches which offer sanctuary and peace to so many. Take a look at where your local church is using our directory map.


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