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Lent 2022 Begins on March 2

 

Ash Wednesday is March 2, 2022.  We will have two worship opportunities that will include the imposition of ashes.  Join us at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

Introduction

Lent takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which described the season of the year when “the days grow long”.  After the darkness of winter, spring is heralded by the lengthening of day light and culminates with the great Feast of Easter. Lent is the time when we devote ourselves to seriously considering why the Resurrection of Jesus Christ really matters to us and the life we now live. Lent is marked by a more solemn nature of our worship and with multiple opportunities to hone one’s spiritual life.  As a season, Lent needs to be noticeably different so that the great services of Easter will be noticeably different.


Lent: Season of Special Devotion — Fasting

For many people, Lent is known exclusively as the season when you “give something up”.  This comes from the history of Lent as a  season in which fasting was a central act of
preparation for Baptism at Easter.  A fast is depriving the body of needed nourishment to enhance one’s focus on the grace of God in one’s life.  Fasting is common to various religions throughout the world. The Lenten Fast has been corrupted to “give something up” (Hershey’s takes a big hit in Lent, for example).   People think it necessary to give something up in Lent because “that’s what you do”.  However, approaching Lent in this manner is not necessarily the most helpful.  Lent is best understood as a season of preparation in which acts of special  devotion are encouraged.  The acts of special devotion may include “giving up something” (however in the true sense of Lenten fasting if something is given up it should not be taken up again.  So that chocolate you give up, don’t return to eating it on Easter). 

The true nature of the Lenten fast it so examine our lives and see what it is in our lives that separate us from God and one another.  A healthy way to observe Lent is to work to give up those actions.  Likewise, we may wish to take on something new for our special Lenten devotion.  This could be finding ways to volunteer in the community in ways that address the needs of those in any kind of need. 

However you choose to devote your time to special devotion in Lent make sure it takes you out of your daily/weekly norm.  Make sure it stretches you to see God’s Kingdom in a new, challenging way.  Make sure it causes you to truly examine your relationship with Christ so that, going forward, that relationship will be stronger.

 

Worship in Lent


Sundays

Our worship in Lent has a more solemn tone.  Most noticeable is a slightly restructured form or the liturgy and the absence of proclaiming “Alleluia”.  (“Alleluia” (in Greek) or “Hallelujah” (in Hebrew) means “Praise God”).  While we certainly continue to Praise God in Lent, we use Lent as a time to prepare to fully praise God on Easter for the great gift of Salvation through the Resurrection of Christ Jesus.

To help us focus on the solemn nature of Lenten worship, we will use “A  Penitential Order” for the Holy Eucharist at all services during Lent.  The Penitential Order moves the Confession and Absolution to the beginning of the service.  This focuses our attention to realizing that we are redeemed sinners in constant need God’s love, grace and mercy. 

The Penitential Order also allows for the creative use of parts of the Liturgy that are not used frequently in our worship — primarily the Exhortation, The Great Litany and the Decalogue. 


Period of Silence for Quiet Reflection before Worship

Silence is an integral part of worship.  More importantly, silence is a significant part of life — although many of us don’t get a lot of silence during the day.  To help structure our worship and focus our attention even more on our  self-reflection during Lent, we will begin each service with 5-minutes of intentional silence.   If the service will have hymns and music, the period of silent reflection will begin after the prelude and conclude at the ringing of the church bell.  During this time of silence, resources will be available to help you in your reflection should you wish to use them. 


Weekdays

+ Wednesdays in Lent The Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m.
+ Tuesdays in Lent Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m.
+ Thursdays in Lent — Stations of the Cross from 10 a.m.—12 noon
+ Thursday in Lent — Compline (online) at 8:00 p.m.

 

Formation in Lent


Lenten Retreat 2022

This Lent we will host a Lenten retreat at St. Andrew’s York on Saturday, March 5, from 9:00 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.  The Challenges and Joys of Following Jesus.  We will use the art of Henry Ossawa Tanner to guide our reflections.


Midweek, Midday Lenten Program

During Lent, we will gather Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. for faith formation.  Our topic this Lent will be “Tools of the Trade: Resources for Drawing Closer to God”.  We will explore liturgies in The Book of Common Prayer, the Bible, and our  tradition to help give us tools to use in our spiritual life.

When:  Wednesdays in Lent (beginning  March 8, 2022)  Time: 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

 

Midweek, Evening Lenten Program

“SIN WITH A SMALL “s” and TEMPTATION” We are called to self-examination and repentance during Lent. The Catechism in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer defines sin as “the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation” (BCP 848). With sin we willingly  separates from God, sometimes dramatically, but most often in subtle, every-day ways of which we may not be very aware. We will explore the ways our spiritual life, feelings, and thoughts impact our ability to live out the five promises of our Baptismal Covenant and to be in loving relationship with the triune God.


Sunday Morning Formation

On the Sundays in Lent, between our two worship services, we’ll have the opportunity to gather over coffee and explore the great “themes” of Lent: self-examination and
repentance; prayer; fasting; self-denial; reading and meditating on scripture. 

 

 Resource for Adult Formation during Lent

The same “guide” will be used for the three adult formation
opportunities in Lent.  The resource is also a very handy daily
meditation guide for Lent as well.  You may purchase the guide from your favorite book seller or from Amazon.  (Also available in a Kindle version). 

Title:  Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter. 

We have a few copies on hand in the parish office if you wish to purchase directly from us.  The cost is  $15.  (We can also order additional copies if you prefer us to order for you.)

 

Resource for Children’s Formation During Lent

We have a guide to assist families with their Lenten journey this year.  “What we do in Lent” is a wonderful resource for children and families to explore the themes of Lent and prepare for Easter.  Copies will be available to pick up at the family service on Sunday, February 27, at the 10:00 a.m. family service.

 


Daily Reflections

Join Fr. Grant and friends as they reflect on various topics daily in Lent. Fr. Grant will  reflect on The Confession of Sin and the Lord’s Prayer on the weekdays of Lent.  Fr. Grant will be joined by colleagues who will reflect on the Collects for the Sundays in Lent.  You will be able to sign up to receive these reflection via email. If you wish to receive this daily email, please send and email to

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