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Anglicans form the family of Christians closely related to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whilst tracing their inheritance back to Christ and the earliest Christians and to the ancient Roman Catholic church, the sixteenth century Reformation was a crucial moment for Anglicanism.
‘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’).
At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.
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.
Monmouth Diocese is part of the Body of Christ; that is, people who have committed themselves to following Jesus. We believe that God invites us to share the extraordinary love that He has for every single person; a love shown to us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This love has the power to transform our lives, our communities and the world in which we live. It is a love we want to share, through our worship of God and through serving our communities at every level.
Whether you want to join us, explore the Christian faith, or simply want to visit, you will find a warm welcome in all of our churches, which can be found in nearly every community across the diocese.
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