The Season of Lent
Worship, Study & Devotional Opportunities + + +
Receiving ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality serves as a prelude to the gift of eternal life promised us in Christ’s resurrection. A number of opportunities to receive ashes will be offered at . . .
Church of the Messiah – 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm
Local retirement communities: Brittany Pte. – 9:00 am
Foulkeways – 10:30 am
Meadowood – 2:00 pm
+ Lenten Devotionals
Many people find it helpful to follow the discipline of reading a daily Scripture verse, meditation and prayer throughout the season. A variety of pamphlets and materials are available in the narthex.
+ Tuesday Evenings, 7:00pm
Stations of the Cross and Holy Eucharist
+February 16 and 23; March 1, 8 and 15
+ March 22 – Mary’s Way of the Cross
+ Wednesdays – 11:00am-12:30pm & 7:00-8:30pm
Rector’s Study: Overview of the Old Testament
February 17: Book of Judges, Part I
February 24: Book of Judges, Part II
March 2: Samuel & Saul
March 9: King David
March 16: King Solomon & Pre-classical Prophecy
+ Dates Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebrations on Easter Day. The final week before Easter is called Holy Week, with special services between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. (NOTE: Sundays are not counted within the 40 days because every Sunday is a ‘little Easter,’ commemorating the Resurrection.)
+ Theme Retreating into the Wilderness & Preparing to Receive God’s Grace: In the 40 days of Lent, Christians imitate Moses and the ancient Israelites’ 40-year wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land; and Jesus’ withdrawal into the desert for 40 days following his baptism.
+ Color If liturgical colors are used, decorations are purple, the traditional color reserved for royalty, for the Church is preparing to receive our risen King. Other options include: ‘the Lenten array,’ draping the altar in unbleached muslin; or, as much as possible, eliminating color completely, symbolic of the arid starkness of the desert experience.
+ Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance, a time for reflection and taking stock. Originating in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, Lent was a period when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. All Christian denominations (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Episcopal, Lutheran) having a continuous history extending before 1500 C.E. observe Lent in various ways.
+ Spiritual Disciplines for this period have traditionally included: penitential prayer and confession; scripture reading and study; fasting; and almsgiving. These disciplines are helpful in preparing the individual believer to receive the wondrous gift of Our Risen Lord at Easter.
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