Lent 2018

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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.

About

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.

Schedule

Ash Wednesday February 14, 2018
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 February 14, 2018
Private Way of Cross in Historic Sanctuary

Sundays
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

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

Saturday February 17, 2018
9a Lenten Quiet Day

Holy Week, March 25-31, 2018
Palm Sunday March 25
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 March 26
7p Holy Eucharist in Historic Sanctuary
Tuesday March 27
7p Holy Eucharist in Historic Sanctuary
Wednesday March 28
7p Tenebrae in Historic Sanctuary
8p Soup Supper & Bible Study
Thursday March 29
7p Maundy in Historic Sanctuary
8:30p Vigil of the Hours in Bell Tower
Good Friday March 30
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 March 31
7p Easter Vigil in Historic Sanctuary

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018
8a Contemplative Holy Eucharist in Chapel
10:30a Choral Holy Eucharist with flowering of the Cross in Historic Sanctuary
11:45a Easter Egg Hunt

Opportunities

Lenten Sunday Adult Forum Series
Joy Comes in the Morning: Steps to Finding Joy
Sundays of Lent, the Guild Room, 9:15am with Video reprise the following Sunday at 11:45am
Join Carrie Allport for an exploration of the central power of lives shaped by Resurrection – finding joy amid days of life containing discomfort, difficulty, suffering, pain, and brokenness. Using the recently published The Book of Joy, the voices of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama will act as a primer.

First Communion Preparations for Children
Sundays in Lent during the 9:45 am Kids’ Worship in the Historic Sanctuary. Early Elementary.
Fr Allport will provide instruction for our children during the kids’ Mass teachings to understand Holy Communion and the worship we share in Holy Eucharist every Sunday. A special recognition will be made on Easter Sunday.

Lenten Bible Study
Civil Discourse: Making Sacred Space with Others
Wednesdays in Lent with Soup Supper, 7pm in the Conference Room, following the 6:30pm Healing Service.
Join Fr Allport and Margaret King in a five week discussion and exploration of Civil Discourse and the power our faith can bring to public action, policy advocacy, and civic engagement. No requirements for you except a willingness to ask questions and into community. The study gives an foundation to understand not only the nature of civil discourse, but inspiration for the application of our faith in a world that needs our participation in addressing the challenges before us today.

Lenten Quiet Day
Adulting Lent
Saturday, February 17, 2018 in the Historic Sanctuary.
Take a mini-retreat to center your heart and spirit for the beginning of Lent at our Quiet Day. Saturday, February 17. 9 am-12 pm. Fr Allport will offer a three reflections, followed by periods for personal reflection, and prayer-filled community. Bring your own coffee.

A Video Invitation for Lent