Lent at Holy Comforter
We Invite You to Observe a Holy Lent
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As we approach the season of Lent, we are reminded of the value of self-examination of our lives and our relationships with God and our neighbors.
It is so easy to take this season lightly as just another quirky period of the church year. However, we do so at our spiritual peril. This is the season in which we can, with intention, renew and enhance our spiritual life. The church offers a concise description of what our spiritual task is for this season on page 265 of the Book of Common Prayer:
“Dear People of God: 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...Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. 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.”
Lenten worship opportunities, beginning with Ash Wednesday, can be found in the Spirit and in other publications of the church. I invite you to attend as many services as you can.
When we are put in mind of Christ’s message of repentance, pardon and forgiveness, we prepare our hearts and minds to receive anew the power of Christ’s resurrection.
We can hear what the Spirit is saying through formation offerings described on the following pages, through our communal commitment to begin each day with prayer through Common Morning, Common Prayer (dates and readings listed below) and through individual prayer (pick up a copy of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Lenten Meditations book, or sign up for daily emails at this link.
Common Morning, Common Prayer concludes this week:
- Monday March 26: Psalm 51:1-18 (19-20); Mark 11:12-25; 10 a.m. at Caribou Coffee on Park Road, 4327 Park Road, Charlotte 28209.
- Tuesday March 27: Psalm 6 & 12; Mark 11:27-33; 7:30 a.m at The Famous Toastery, 2400 Park Road, Charlotte 28203
- Wednesday March 28: Psalm 55; Mark 12:1-11; 7:30 a.m. at 7th Street Public Market, 224 E 7th St,, Charlotte 28202
- Thursday March 29: Psalm 102; Mark 14:12-25; 8:45 a.m. at Las Delicias, 4405 Central Avenue, Charlotte 28205; 9:00 a.m. Southminster Retirement Community, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte 28210.
- Friday March 30: Psalm 95 & 22; John 13:36-38; 7:00 a.m. at Holy Comforter, Room 207 Van Every; and 7:30 a.m. at Toast of Dilworth, 2400 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203.
Most importantly: plan now to participate in Holy Week. These services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter are our “high holy days” that challenge us to accompany Jesus through his final hours as approaches the cross and leads us directly into the deepest mystery and promise of our faith.
Sunday March 25 is Palm Sunday, and we’ll have our normal schedule of Sunday morning services and activities. Please see the schedule below and plan to participate in our Holy Week activities and services:
- March 29 - Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. with Overnight Prayer Watch after the service (to sign up for the watch, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the sign-up sheet in Henry Hall closer to the date).
- Prayer Watch continues overnight on Good Friday, March 30; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Self-led Stations of the Cross for Families in Van Every. 12:00 p.m. Good Friday Service, Childcare Available – Recommendation for Parents: Children who have experienced the Stations of the Cross for Families prior to the service might enjoy this time on the playground or playing games in the nursery, while their parents attend the noonday service. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch for them to eat on the playground (weather permitting) or in the nursery. 3:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (bilingual).
- March 31 - Holy Saturday begins with our 10 a.m. service and continues with our beautiful and powerful celebration of the Great Vigil of Easter at 8 p.m.
- On Easter Day, our Family Eucharist at 9 a.m., followed by our Easter Egg Hunt. (As they arrive, parents are invited to accompany children to the front steps where they can flower the cross before the 9 a.m. service.) Our Festival Eucharist is at 11 a.m. La Misa with Baptism, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt, begins at 1 p.m. Childcare will be available for the morning services on Easter Sunday.