Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. 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. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).
LENT EVENING PRAYER & SOUP SUPPERS - 2020
Beginning on March 4, and continuing each Wednesday through April 1, there will be evening prayer at 5:30 p.m. in the Church, followed by a soup supper in the Parish House.
This is an wonderful way to grab a quick, simple meal as a family and socialize with other members of our church while giving thanks for the day just past and making an evening sacrifice of praise to God.
RSVP not necessary – but is helpful. If you’d like to know how you can get involved with assisting with the Soup Suppers, please contact Caroline Thompson at email@example.com.
Click HERE to learn about the six-part video series by Diarmaid MacCulloch on the "History of the Christianity"
Upcoming Events During Lent ~ 2020
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday - April 5th at 10 am with The Liturgy of the Palms & Chanting of the Passion
Maundy Thursday Liturgy - April 9th at 7 pm with the Washing of Feet, and the Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday Chanted Lenten Meditation - April 10th at 12 noon
Good Friday Liturgy - April 10th at 7 pm with The Solemn Collects and the Veneration of the Cross
The Great Vigil of Easter - April 11th at 7 pm. The Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Easter Sunday morning - April 1st at 10 am. Festive Solemn High Mass. Following the service is an Easter egg hunt and Brunch