From Rev. Ramona – “Invited to the Observance of a Holy Lent”:
“The beginning of Lent is marked by Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6, 2019. The Lenten period of 40 days, which, traditionally, does not include Sundays, commemorates the “40 days and 40 nights” (Matthew 4:2) that Jesus fasted in the desert and resisted temptations.
The season now known as Lent comes from an Old English word meaning spring; the time of lengthening days. In the western church, the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.” (From the Episcopal Church USA)
As followers of Jesus, we are invited to the “observance of a holy Lent” (Book of Common
Prayer, pg. 265.) There are many possibilities for observance. Take time to pray, mediate,
read, give thanks, give to the poor, stand against injustice, feed people, ask for forgiveness,
forgive, heal, offer help. Walk with Jesus. Walk in the world.
How will you observe a holy Lenten season this year?
The Liturgical Season of Lent:
As we move from the Season of Epiphany to the Season of Lent, notice the changes in the liturgy and the adornments in the church. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, our liturgies use more phrases of penitence and forgiveness. The colors of vestments, stoles, altar coverings, and banners turn to purple. The reference to the color purple comes from the Gospel of Mark 15:17 “they put a purple robe on him (Christ), and a crown made of thorns……”
Lenten Practices – Worship:
As we enter the season of Lent, make a commitment to yourself and the Saint Mary’s community to come to worship ever Sunday. Give yourself the gift of an hour of communal prayer, readings, song, meditation, and communion. It’s Spring-time for the soul! Oh, and there’s always good talk, coffee, tea, and treats (yes even during Lent!) in the Saint Mary’s Room.
Three Lenten Practices for the good of the earth and in praise of the Creator:
For just one day, instead of driving in your car by yourself, car pool, take public transportation, walk, or bike (very carefully in the snow!). Give up single use plastics. Lower your heat by two degrees.
Lenten Liturgies for the 7:45, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Services:
In February, the Liturgy Teams for the 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. services met to discuss and decide on the worship liturgies for Lent. The 9:00 a.m. worship service continues in the same format as it did for Lent 2018. The 11:00 a.m. liturgy will be from the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, and use hymns from the 1982 Hymnal. The format for the 7:45 service follows the 11:00 service without hymns. Thank you to all who participated in the liturgy planning!