Lent is a season of preparation and repentance leading up to Easter. This year Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26, and continues until the Easter Vigil on the night of Saturday, April 11.
As your priest, it is my sacred obligation to call you to a holy Lent during this time. Lent is an opportunity, perhaps, to fast from something or give something up. It is also a time, perhaps, to take up something new—some new spiritual practice, study, scriptural or devotional reading. In this booklet, you will find information about the Lenten services, and practices that are available at and through Church of the Holy Apostles. You may choose to do one or more of these activities—I am hoping all members of CHA will join me in praying the parish intercessions each day—but, there is much here that may simply serve to spark your imagination toward your own spiritual practice. Whatever the case, I implore you to make Lent something special. Make it personal to you and your spiritual journey.
As in many things in life so it is for Lent, you get out what you put in. In this case, if you spend time this February and March making for yourself a holy Lent, spending the extra time on your spiritual journey, you will be abundantly rewarded with a joyous and festive Easter season. The more intentional the Lent, the more meaningful and joyful your Easter will be. Remember, Lent may be 40 days, but Easter—the season in which we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus—is a 50 day party!
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; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.
— Book of Common Prayer
Ash Wednesday Services
7AM-8:30AM – Ashes to Go – come by the church parking lot on the way to work
9:15 -Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Ashes
12:15PM – Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Eucharist and Ashes
6:30PM – Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Eucharist, Ashes, and Music