Lent 2017

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Lent is the season leading up to, and preparing for, Easter. It is the forty weekdays and six Sundays before Easter. For centuries, it has been observed as a special time of self examination and penitence. Lent is a time for concentration on fundamental values and priorities for our journey in faith, not a time for self punishment.

Throughout Lent, the worship services of the church take on a scaled back, simple tone, appropriate to this season. Crosses showing the risen Christ may be veiled. The word “Alleluia” is not used in the words of the liturgy or hymns. These practices help our Parish mark this season of renewal as a special time in the church year.

The culmination of the Lenten Season comes in the week preceding Easter Sunday—Holy Week. Holy Week holds unique and specific worship observances and gatherings meant to prepare and draw us into the fullness of the Easter morning and Season.


The custom is to mark the season of Lent by giving up some things (fasting) and taking on others (discipline). Both can serve to mark the season as a holy time of preparation. Some examples of things people give up for Lent include sweets, meat for all or some meals, and alcohol. In most cases, giving up something for Lent can be made more meaningful by using the money or time for another purpose. For example, meal times on fast days could be spent in prayer. Another example is that if you give up meat during Lent, the extra money that would go to meat dishes can be given to a group, such as World Vision, which works to end hunger worldwide. Some things added during Lent are daily Bible reading, fasting on Fridays, times of prayer, taking a course of study related in some way to spirituality.
Lent affords an especially appropriate time for the rite of reconciliation—Private Confession. While confession through a priest is not required to receive God’s forgiveness, it can be a meaningful rite of reconciliation to God.

Know that the season of Lent is forty days, plus the six Sundays. This is because Sundays are celebrations of Jesus’ resurrection and are always an appropriate day to lessen the restrictions of Lent, offering a respite from your Lenten fasting and disciplines.


Ash Wednesday March 1, 2017
7a Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes
10a Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes
5:15p Evensong & Imposition of Ashes
7p Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes

Daily Opportunities beginning March 1, 2017
Private Way of Cross in Historic Sanctuary

8a Contemplative Holy Eucharist in Chapel
9:15a Adult Forum – Lenten Series
9:45a Awake My Soul Kids’ Mass
10:30a Choral Holy Eucharist in Historic Sanctuary
11:45a Adult Forum – Lenten Series, Video Reprise
6p Big Screen Theology Movie Viewing

7p Big Screen Theology Lenten Series Discussion

6:30p Holy Eucharist & Healing Prayers
7p Soup Supper & Bible Study

Saturday April 1, 2017
9a Lenten Quiet Day

Holy Week, April 9-16
Palm Sunday April 9, 2017
8a Palm Procession & Holy Eucharist
9:15a Adult Forum
9:45a Awake My Soul Kids’ Mass
10:30a Palm Procession & Choral Holy Eucharist
Daily for Holy Week
8a-6:30p Personal Way of Cross in Historic Sanctuary
Monday April 10, 2017
7p Holy Eucharist in Historic Sanctuary
Tuesday April 11
7p Holy Eucharist in Historic Sanctuary
Wednesday April 12
7p Tenebrae in Historic Sanctuary
8p Soup Supper & Bible Study
Thursday April 13, 2017
7p Maundy in Historic Sanctuary
8:30p Vigil of the Hours in Bell Tower
Good Friday April 14, 2017
7:30a Breaking of the Vigil of the Hours in Bell Tower
11a Way of the Cross for Children and Families in Historic Sanctuary
12p Solemn Collects with Reserved Sacrament in Historic Sanctuary
7p Way of Cross with Solemn Collects in Historic Sanctuary

Holy Saturday April 15, 2017
7p Easter Vigil in Historic Sanctuary

Easter Sunday April 16, 2017
8a Contemplative Holy Eucharist in Chapel
10:30a Choral Holy Eucharist with flowering of the Cross in Historic Sanctuary
11:45a Easter Egg Hunt


Lenten Sunday Adult Forum Series
A Garden’s Tale: Moving from Crisis to New Life Through Lent
Sundays of Lent, the Guild Room, 9:15am with Video reprise the following Sunday at 11:45am
Join Carrie Allport for an in-depth exploration of the grace that Christ brings that moves us from the chaos and broken of our lives to the abundant new life through Christ’s Resurrection. Using the Lenten scripture and horticultural images as a primer, Mrs. Allport will explore the themes of Crisis; Burial; Fertilizer/Living Water; Light; and New Life.

Lenten Bible Study
Wednesdays in Lent with Soup Supper, 7pm in the Conference Room, following the 6:30pm Healing Service.
Join Fr Allport in a manuscript study of the book of Revelation. No requirements for you except a willingness to ask questions and enter scripture in community. The study gives an foundation to understand the this unique and misunderstood portion of scripture.

Lenten Series – Big Screen Theology
Sundays of Lent, the Reception Room, 6 pm, for movie screening, and Mondays of Lent, the Library, 7 pm for discussion.
Come on Sunday evening, 6 pm to the Reception Room to watch the film of the week. Then join us on Monday evening at 7 pm in the Reception Room for discussion and discovery.
Films for the series:
March 5 & 6: Lent as Journey: The Way (PG-13, 2010, with Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger)
March 12 & 13: Fasting – A Thousand Words (PG-13, 2012, with Eddie Murphy)
March 19 & 20: Journey and Personal Transformation – Moana (animated, 2016) ** for families
March 26 & 27: Fences (PG-13, 2016, with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis)
April 2 & 3: Trust and Joy – Still Alice (PG-13, 2014, with Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart); April 9 & 17: The World’s Misunderstanding – Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13, 2016, with Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg)

Lenten Quiet Day
Take a mini-retreat to center your heart and spirit during Lent at our Quiet Day. Saturday, April 1. 9a-1pm. Dcn. O’Neill will offer a time of guided contemplation, periods of reflection, and prayer-filled community exploring the nature of Forgiveness. Bring your own lunch.

A Video Invitation for Lent