Wednesday February 18th marks the beginning of our Lenten Observance with worship services at the Chapel at 7:00 am (Before work Morning Prayer with Ashes) as well as 7:0o pm (Evening Eucharist with Ashes).
As the Rev. Gail Ramshaw reminds us, the beginning of Lent gives us the occasion to admit that we will die and that we are sinners. On Ash Wednesday we are marked with ashes—a sign of our death and of our sorrow for sin—but the ashes trace a cross on our forehead, where the baptismal water first marked us with God’s grace.
Every Wednesday in Lent we gather at 7 am at the Chapel for morning prayer. The dates are February 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Holy Week begins with our Palm Sunday eucharist celebration on March 29th. Many Christian theologians have taught that the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ must be held together to be adequately understood. Thus it was that since at least the fourth century, the Christianized Passover festival that English-speakers call Easter took three days, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the first Eucharist of Easter. The framers of the three-year lectionary judged that, with the church of the future resembling that of the fourth more than that of the nineteenth, a full restoration of the classic Three Days was appropriate. Our Triduum celebration begins with our Maundy Thursday service on April 2nd (7pm), followed by Good Friday on April 3rd (7pm), and our Easter Vigil on April 4th (9pm).
Finally we celebrate the Festival of the Resurrection in the style of Hippolytus of Rome on the first Sunday of Easter on April 5th.