The Seasons of Lent and Easter
Ash Wednesday and Season of Lent
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. The color used for the season is deep purple, signifying penitence and the mood of Lent.
- Ash Wednesday Services: 7:00 a.m., 12 noon (w/nursery), 5:30 p.m. (no communion), 7:00 p.m.
- Lenten Preaching/Teaching Series: Lord, Teach Us to Pray (March 5-April 8) *
- Lenten Luncheon and Lecture Series: Tuesdays during Lent, 12 noon, Parish Hall (schedule)
Palm Sunday is the sixth Sunday in Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and victory in pre-Christian times. It was a common custom in the ancient Near East to cover, in some way, the path of someone thought worthy of the highest honor. All four Gospels report that people gave Jesus this form of honor. The color for this Sunday is a deep red, the color of blood. Parishioners make palm crosses that are worn on Palm Sunday. These crosses, along with the fronds, are saved and burned for the following year as the source of ashes used in Ash Wednesday services.
- Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, April 9, 2017: 8:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
The name comes from the Latin for “mandate” or “commandment.” In the account of the Lord’s washing of the disciples’ feet, Jesus says, “A new mandate (commandment) I give to you, that you love one another.” Four events are commemorated on Maundy Thursday: The washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus, the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the Lord’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and His betrayal by Judas Iscariot. At the end of the service, the clergy strip the altar of all ornamentation just as Jesus was stripped of His garments by the Roman soldiers, and the cross is draped in black in preparation for the observance of Good Friday.
- Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar, April 13, 2017: 5:30 p.m. (w/nursery)
Season of Easter
The Easter season is the 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Absent during Lent, the “Alleluia” reappears and is used at both the greeting and farewell in the service. The Gospel readings for the Easter season are the stories of Christ’s resurrection appearances, ending with his ascension. White vestments and hangings are used to signal the celebratory season, and the Paschal candle, representing Christ as the Light of the world, is lit at every Eucharist. The Easter season brings together our celebration of Jesus’ triumph over death and our experience of His presence in our lives and in our mission to transform the world.
Easter Sunday Services, April 16, 2017: 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (w/First Holy Communion),
11:15 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Holy Week: Palm Sunday, April 9-Easter Sunday, April 15, 2017