MARCH 15 - APRIL 5
5:30 PM: WEDNESDAY EVENING SOUP SUPPER, FOLLOWED BY BIBLE STUDY, LED BY JOEL CADE. WE WILL MEET IN THE PARISH HALL
MARCH 26 FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT: WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:30 AM
APRIL 2 THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT: WORSHIP SERVICES AT 8:15 AND 10:30 AM
The Season of Lent
60 s. Dorset Rd Troy OH 45373
STUDY RESOURCE FOR LENT AVAILABLE . . . .
The meditations, poems, and artwork in Ashes and the Phoenix:
Meditations for the Season of Lent offer many paths for you
to walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem. The meditations from
noted authors and faithful pilgrims may speak to your heart.
The poetry may stir you, and the original artwork move you.
Or perhaps you will connect most strongly with the collects.
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).
The color used in the sanctuary for most of Lent is purple, red violet, or dark violet. These colors symbolize both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus as well as the suffering of humanity and the world under sin. But purple is also the color of royalty, and so anticipates through the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
60 South Dorset Rd.
Troy OH 45373