"The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith." Book of Common Prayer p. 265
February 16 at 7:30 PM
Join us for a Virtual Shrove Tuesday Celebration with games and The Rev. Mother Kassinda Ellis as DJ. Bring your own pancakes and be ready to have some fun.
Meeting ID: 893 2318 7414
Celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday is also called Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. It is the final day before the 40-day period of Lent begins. Its name comes from the Germanic-Old English word “shrive,” meaning absolve, and it is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide. Because it comes directly before Lent, a season of fasting and penitence, this was the day that Christians would go to be “shriven” by their confessor.
Shrove Tuesday also became a day for pre-fasting indulgence. In particular, the need to use up rich ingredients such as butter, milk, sugar and eggs before Lent gave rise to the tradition of eating pancakes on this day. (episcopalchurch.org)
February 17 at 7:30 PM
Join us for a Virtual Ash Wednesday Service. Blessed ashes will be distributed to parishioners prior to the service.
Meeting ID: 862 6806 8277
This is the first day of Lent. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable fast that can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10. According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays. As the Christian Sabbath, Sundays are not included in the fasting period and are instead "feast" days during Lent. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Join us for Virtual Stations of the Cross every Friday from February 19 to March 26, 2021.
Meeting ID: 853 8307 2711
Stations of the Cross Fridays
The Stations of the Cross refer to the depiction of the final hours of Jesus. This Lent, you are invited to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer as we journey through the chief scenes of Christ's suffering and death on his way to Calvary.