"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." The Book of Common Prayer p. 265
February 22, 2023
Join us for Ash Wednesday Services at two locations.
10:30 AM | St. Joseph's Rectory
6:00 PM | St. Thomas’, Bellerose
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 24 to March 31, 2023
Meeting ID: 892 7129 9643
Stations of the Cross
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.
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Join the churches of the Jamaica Deanery for weekly Lenten Services every Wednesday from March 1 to March 29 at 7:30 PM.
This year, the Jamaica Deanery services, themed, "Building Resilience in Times Like These," will be hybrid so you may attend in person or online.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
Host | Grace Jamaica
Preacher | Canon Frederick Walker
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
Host | St. Alban the Martyr, St. Alban’s
Preacher | The Rev. Kassinda Ellis
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
Host | St. Peter’s, Rosedale
Preacher | The Rev. Keith Voets
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Host | St. Gabriel's, Hollis
Preacher | Canon Karen Davis Lawson
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
Host | St. David’s, Cambria Heights
Preacher | Canon Ryan Boyce