A message from the Priest
Dear Friends in Christ
The invitation to observe a holy Lent, found in the Ash Wednesday service, notes that, “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.”
Lent is a season that grows out of our experience of Holy Week, of the cruel death and mysterious and wonderful resurrection of Jesus. Our observance, then, is focused on the cross, and on the Christ.
On Wednesdays in Lent, we will be drawing out the wonder that speaks to our souls from that cross, and drawing close to Christ through the contemplation of these holy mysteries in various forms of art. Beginning with the beauty of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, we will meet as usual on successive Wednesdays to share soup, but then we will do something new.
Each week, we will look at a few of the traditional Stations of the Cross through the lens of a particular art form: maybe photography, or iconography, or beading; there are many gifts among us and around us to be shared; a schedule is still being created. By the time we gather on Palm Sunday, which is also called Passion Sunday, we will have installed a set of Stations created by you, by us, to help all of us go even deeper into our contemplation of the cross and of the Christ during Holy Week. Our Tenebrae liturgy, a beautiful offering of music, light and shadows, will complete the Wednesdays of Lent during Holy Week.
“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word;” and by the exercise of contemplation and creativity.
Check back soon for a detailed program of Wednesday evening offerings, and casual Thursday follow-up sessions!