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Lent & Easter at St. Andrew's

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

Church activities suspended to prevent spread of coronavirus
On March 12, Bishop Haynes has asked all churches in Southern Virginia to suspend all in-person gatherings in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities. Visit our blog to read the Bishop's message and messages from our rector, Anne, about this decision. (any updates will also be posted on the blog)

Worship online with us during Lent
During this time there will be online worship and other offerings on our Facebook page. (You don't need a Facebook account to watch - when you click the link to our Facebook page, Facebook will ask if you want to create an account. Simply click "not now" and the page will open.)

Worship online with us for Holy Week & Easter
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 5, and continues with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and then Easter on April 12. Click here to learn more about how we will observe Holy Week, including instructions for our live Maundy Thursday service via ZOOM.

The Easter Project
Bishop Haynes has asked congregations in Southern Virginia to not gather for worship until at least after Easter due to the coronavirus. So what does this mean for us at St. Andrew’s? It means that the clergy and staff are hard at work creating ways for us to walk through Holy Week and celebrate Easter together online, in print, and in spirit. Good Friday will still include the Stations of the Cross. On Easter we will set up the flower cross in front of the church for parishioners and neighbors to decorate while keeping the required social distance. We are inviting everyone to participate in “The Easter Project”.

Lenten resources

Stations of the Cross - depict the final hours, or Passion, of Jesus. See our beautiful Stations of the Cross here.

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.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice, as taught by Kathy Staudt, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary.

5 Marks of Love - A six-week journey of reflection on the Anglican Marks of Mission from Society of St. John the Evangelist. Sign up and receive a very short video reflection by email throughout Lent.

Growing a Rule of Life - A six-week journey of reflection on growing a rule of life from Society of St. John the Evangelist. Sign up and receive a very short video reflection by email throughout Lent.

Deepen your practice of Silence - Br. James Koester, SSJE, offers a guide.

Integrating Prayer into Daily Life - Brothers Luke and Keith from SSJE offer tips in this 30-minute video.

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


An Invitation to a Lenten Practice of Stillness

Dear friends,

Lent is a gift.  The Church gives us this season to prepare ourselves for the miracle and glory of Easter.  In our corporate worship, we forego flowers; we refrain from saying “Alleluia;” our music is more somber; we adorn the altar in purple.  We do those things to remind ourselves of the season we have entered, the Church’s time of solemn preparation for the joy heading our way.

As individuals, we often mark Lent by changing our habits:  giving something up (chocolate?  Facebook? negative speech?) and/or by taking on a new practice (daily Bible reading? additional worship? meditative walks?).  Whatever we choose, the purpose is to draw us closer to God by refocusing our attention and making more space in our lives and our hearts.

One way to make more space for Jesus in our lives and in our hearts is to hold still and simply listen.  But in our busy lives and noisy world, those things can be hard to do.  This Lent, therefore, I invite you to join me in a practice of keeping silence together in our sanctuary prior to Sunday morning worship.  Let us offer ourselves and one another the gift of peace and stillness, making space for private prayer and reflection in those quiet moments. 

In I Kings 19, Elijah stands on the mountain waiting for God, whom he finds not in the wind or earthquake or fire but only after sheer silence.  May our intentional hush of silence prior to worship this season be a place where we, too, will encounter God. 


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: April 8, 2020 4:09 PM