Lent with Fr Denis


Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John


Renowned priest, lecturer and author Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. guides us through three of the Lenten narratives from St John’s Gospel. These special videos were produced in association with the Diocese of Clifton to equip and encourage those in their diocese during this Holy period of prayer and devotion. Follow Fr Denis each Wednesday as he guides us through the uniqueness of John's Gospel in his own personal chapel.


Fr Denis invites us into his personal chapel to take us on an amazing journey through the uniqueness of John's Gospel. In this video series he will visit the following main Lenten narratives:

• The Woman of Samaria

• The Man Born Blind

• The Raising of Lazarus





The Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John (1/4)




In this first video Fr Denis introduces three Lenten narratives from John’s Gospel and compares them to the other Gospels. He'll introduce the Woman at the Well, the Man Born Blind and the Raising of Lazarus.



The Woman of Samaria (2/4)




Welcome to our exploration of the great narrative in John’s Gospel where Jesus meets the woman of Samaria at a well; she immediately tries to end the conversation and disconnect from the encounter. Why?
In everyday life, what do you say after you say “Hello”? More basically, some people might ask, “How do you get to say hello to some people?” In a world where difference can often be seen as oddness, how do you go beyond the usual suspects and reach people totally different from you? The point about other people is that they are other. How do you devise a way of connecting with them, so that a conversation can begin? Or do you remain within the boundaries of your own limited world, connecting only with your “ain folk”?



The Man Born Blind (3/4)




In the previous session we looked at one of the great witnesses the evangelist, John, called to the witness box, the woman of Samaria, who testified to her village and to us. In this session John calls the man born blind to the witness box, he will testify before us about the identity and power of Jesus.



The Raising of Lazarus (4/4)




We now reflect on the raising of Lazarus, which appears only in the fourth Gospel.
When someone we love dies, we become acutely aware of a large absence in our life, an absence that seems to fill the world. One person is dead; the world is depopulated. So much that appeared important before now pales into insignificance beside this hard loss. Jesus felt this loss too but addresses it in the most remarkable way.



Palm Sunday Reflections



Drawing on his extensive scriptural knowledge, and profound love of art, Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. offers us a reflection for Palm Sunday.



Next Week

Wednesday 8th April 2020, we will release another free audio resource by Redemptorist Publications, in which Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. accompanies us through the services of the Easter Triduum. You will hear to prayers, readings, psalms and the Gospels of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil. 





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A Word for Lent

The Road to Emmaus
and Beyond

Lent Extra 2020

Celebrate - Lent





Whether alone or in a group, these Lenten Sunday Gospel reflections provide stimulating insights and ways into deepening personal prayer and commitment to Jesus.

For many people, the story of Emmaus is the most moving of the resurrection narratives, and Denis McBride’s reflections uncover the depth and beauty of Luke’s unique scene.

Through its daily reflections and thought-provoking articles, Lent Extra 2020 is your essential guide to Lent and beyond.

Celebrate:Lent is a magazine for Catholic kids full of cool activities and fun quizzes. Perfect for 7-12 year olds.