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Lent & Easter at St. Andrew's

easter crossLent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a season of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter and Christ's resurrection. Come join us at St. Andrew's as we observe a holy Lent.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 13, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! The Fishermen men's group will serve pancakes, sausage and baked apples. Cost is $5 per person with a $20 family maximum. What's Shrove Tuesday and why do we eat pancakes? Click here to find out.

Ash Wednesday Services
February 14
Services at 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Holy Week Services
March 25, Palm Sunday - services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
March 29, Maundy Thursday - service at 7:00 p.m.
March 30, Good Friday - Stations of the Cross at 12 noon, Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m.
March 31, Holy Saturday - Outdoor Easter Vigil on the beach behind the Watermen's Museum in Yorktown at 7 p.m.

An Invitation to Confession
Reconciliation of a Penitent is available at all times, but in Lent and particularly during Holy Week, it is customary for clergy to encourage interested parishioners to partake of the rite in preparation for Easter. Click here to learn more about Reconciliation of a Penitent and how you can include this rite in your Easter preparations.

Easter Day Services
Easter Day is April 1. There will be a Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Hilton Pier. Easter services at St. Andrew's will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter morning, April 1, at 9:15 a.m. Bring a basket to collect your eggs! For all ages, tiny through tall.


Wednesdays in Lent
"Wednesdays in Lent" begin on February 21 and continue each Wednesday evening through March 28. You're invited to join us each Wednesday for all or just some of these events:

  • 7:30 a.m. Lenten Service
  • 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Healing

Hilton Churches Lenten Series: Spiritual Gifts
During Lent this year, five Hilton-area churches are coming together to explore the topic of spiritual gifts—what they are, how to identify them, how to put them to use.  Taking turns offering hospitality and facilitating the five-part series, our churches seek to model and to benefit from sharing our gifts with one another.  We hope that you will join us. Click here for lots more info and series schedule.

Sunday morning Adult Forum: The Good Book Club
Sundays, beginning February 11
Episcopalians around the world will read the Gospel according to Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during Eastertide in 2018. We will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. We hope you’ll join us on this journey! Click here for lots more info.

Good Book Club Calendars
As a gift from Anne+, everyone is invited to pick up a copy of Lenten and Easter calendars that follow the Good Book Club readings: Luke during Lent, and Acts through Eastertide. The poster-sized calendars are illustrated by cartoonist and Episcopal priest Jay Sidebotham and each day lists the reading and features a colorable quote or cartoon.

Online Lenten resources

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John - this Lenten study is from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary's Center for the Ministry of Teaching.

Lent Madness - from Forward Movement; this is a fun and unique Lenten program that is a great way to learn about the women and men of the Church's Calendar of Saints.

The Importance of Giving Something Up for Lent

Guiding Teenagers in Lent: Give Up on Giving Up?

This Lent, Add Instead of Subract

Create a Lenten Prayer Space at Home


What is Lent?

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).

Last Published: March 16, 2018 10:51 AM