Dear People of God,
The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.
This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.
It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, 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.
Rev. Bob Fitzpatrick
(Source: Book of Common Prayer, Proper for Ash Wednesday)
WORSHIP, TEACHING AND FELLOWSHIP FOR LENT AND HOLY WEEK
Ash Wednesday (March 5)
Morning Commute Ashes at Cornwall-Salisbury Mills train station
All Day Ashes at St. Anne’s
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.”
Thursdays in Lent: Aging and Dying, (begins March 13), 7-8 pm
In Lent, we prepare to celebrate Easter, God raising Jesus – and us – from the dead. We rarely talk about it, but our faith has much to say about this. You may too, if you really listen to yourself. Family stories and your questions on aging, dying and what it means to rise to new life welcome.
Sundays in Lent: Worship, 10am
Word, Sacrament and preaching on God alive in our lives
Palm Sunday (April 13)
10am Blessing of the Palms and Eucharist, begin in Arleen Laurencell Hall, process to church
Recalls Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, where the crowd greeted him with palms.
Maundy Thursday (April 17)
6:30pm Eucharist and Pot Luck Dinner
Recalls Jesus’s last meal with his friends, where he commanded we love one another and gave us the Eucharist – the bread and the wine of Holy Communion as his body and blood.
Good Friday (April 18)
All Day Church open for prayer
7pm Worship – Way of the Cross and Good Friday Prayers
Recalls Jesus’s arrest, trial and death by execution as a criminal on a cross.
Holy Saturday (April 19)
9am Holy Saturday Prayers
9:30am Altar Guild prepares for Easter celebration
Recalls the stillness of the Tomb, when Jesus’s friends did not know God would raise him.
Easter Eve (April 19)
7pm The Great Vigil of Easter (location TBD)
The first celebration of the Good News that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead – and that God will raise us too. Marked with the most ancient and beautiful service of the year. Every Eucharist on Sundays throughout the year is an echo of this celebration.
Typically shared with neighboring churches, who take turns hosting.
Easter Sunday (April 20)
10am Festive Easter Eucharist
Celebrates the Good News that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead and that God will raise us too. Marked with the most ancient and beautiful service of the year, with much music, light and rejoicing that we carry throughout the year.