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Lent & Easter at St. Andrew's

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17 this year) and is a season of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter and Christ's resurrection.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Lent are all going to look different this year because of COVID.  But God is still at work in our lives and in our world, inviting us as always to seek and find him in our midst. May God bless our ongoing journey together, in this and every season. 

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross symbolize the last hours in the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our fourteen Stations are now hanging around the nave of the church. If you would like to come to the church for a time of prayer and reflection or to walk and pray the Stations of the Cross, please call Bill Wilds (880-5460) to reserve an hour of time between 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday or noon to 1:00 PM on a Sunday. On Good Friday, the church will also be open on and you can reserve a prayer hour that day.

Join us ONLINE during Lent

Worship with us on Sundays
Join us live on Zoom each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Info about and how to access each week's service is here. Additionally, the link to join the service is emailed weekly. Join our email list here. You can also worship with us on our Facebook page. In addition to recordings of our weekly worship, prayer videos are also posted frequently on Facebook.

A Lenten Study: Resurrection Shaped Life

Mark your calendars now for this year’s Lenten study, Resurrection Shaped Life, based on the book by that title by the Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. (You do not need to have a copy of the book to participate in the study.)  Our study will be held on Zoom at 7:00 PM on Wednesday nights from February 24 through March 31.  (We will gather in person if/when rates of Covid infection decline sufficiently.)

Jesus’ resurrection was an extraordinary, singular event, but through a life shaped by the resurrection, we, too, can experience extraordinary resurrection even within the realm of our ordinary lives on earth.  Through a re-examination of the biblical concept of resurrection, illustrating how it can influence us as Christians every day, we’ll learn that a resurrection-shaped life:

  • finds hope through honest reflection on the past
  • discovers meaning in suffering
  • moves beyond shame and blame toward self-acceptance and compassion
  • emerges from loss and regret to find contentment and joy
  • develops forgiveness as a habitual way of life
  • transcends "us-them" divisions to form inclusive community
  • draws strength from the hope of life after life

Because Lent actually is not a season for its own sake, but for the sake of preparing our hearts and souls for Easter (much like Advent is not really for the sake of Advent, but as a preparation for Christmas), join us through Lent on Zoom (links will be available in weekly parish emails) at 7:00 PM beginning on February 24 as we prepare for a Resurrection Shaped Life.

Mite Boxes

Mite boxes are available in St. Nicholas Chapel.  All donations will go to Episcopal Relief & Development, where need is great at this time.  Please return your mite box to the church on Easter Sunday.

Worship ONLINE with us for Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 28, and continues with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and then Easter on April 4. Information about worship for Holy Week and Easter will be posted here soon.

Lenten resources you can use at home

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

Giving Lent Its Proper Due!

So here is the first of my annual appeals to give Lent its proper due.  We usually think of Lent as kind of a gloomy penitential time when we're begrudgingly obligated to give something up that we like - chocolate or social media or martinis or whatever.  But consider: Lent is derived from a word meaning “springtime,” denoting new birth, restored life, a chance for a new start.  Just as Advent is not a season for its own sake, but a time of preparation for the joyous celebration of the nativity, neither is Lent a season set aside to make us feel bad about ourselves.  It is, rather, a time set aside for self-reflection in order to prepare ourselves for the seminal event in Christian history: an Easter celebration of the resurrection and all it means for us.

Here's a novel idea to think about.  Instead of giving up something you like, how about giving up something that you don’t like, like self-absorption, lack of charity, refusal to forgive, or disdain for those who differ from you in some way, thereby giving Lent its proper due by ridding yourself of those things that hinder our relationship with God and one another.  Penitential?  Maybe.  Gloomy?  Not if our Lenten preparations culminate in a glorious Easter.

-- Marc+

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 3, 2021 2:05 PM