Lent & Easter
Lent is a journey that helps illuminate the life and death of Jesus. Through this journey, the Church of Our Saviour invites you to walk with us in a number of different opportunities. See below for a schedule of Lenten events, and keep scrolling for our Holy Week and Easter Schedules.
The Opportunity to pray for each other. Lent is an opportunity to be very intentional in our individual spiritual practices. Some choose to “give up” something. others choose to take on other spiritual practices that prepare each of us for the joy of Easter. This year, the Church of Our Saviour will give our members on opportunity to intentionally pray for each other.
This is an idea that was presented to me by Charlotte Van Fleet. The concept is, each person desiring to be a person praying for other individuals in our parish will be given a list of names. You will pray for that list of people for the duration of Lent. Each week, the theme of the prayer will be different. You can contact the individuals on your list, if you choose, and see if there are concerns that they would like special pray for, or you can pray the general intention for the week.
Week 1: Pray that the individuals on your list might see God in the world around them.
Week 2: Pray that the individuals on your list may feel God’s love in their life.
Each week the focus of the prayer will be slightly different.
This is a wonderful opportunity to create connections with others in our church. Please consider this as a Lenten practice this year. If you are interested in praying for others in our church family, please contact Juli Kennedy with your name and contact information by Mach 4. Lists will be distributed by Ash Wednesday.
With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Throughout Lent, thirty-two saints will do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout this penitential season.
Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round.
What is Lent?
From The Episcopal Church Website:
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.