ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT “Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent . . .” (The Hymnal 1982 # 149) As the hymn above suggests, Lent is a communal pilgrimage, a journey of the whole Church following Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, to his Passion and death, and to his resurrection, under the watchful, loving protection of God. Lent is traditionally the time of preparation for baptism at the Easter Vigil, and
Our annual journey through the seasons of the church’s year takes us ever deeper into the Mystery of God’s presence and work in the world in and through Jesus Christ. Now one aspect of that mystery is revealed, and now another, as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and life, his passion and death, his resurrection and ascension, his sending of the Holy Spirit, his continuing presence and work in the world in and through all his saints, past, present and future.
According to Ecclesiastes 3:1 and the song by The Byrds, “To everything there is a season.” In much of the Church, we observe the seasons of the two great cycles of the Church Year: Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. But there are “in between” times which are sometimes counted as “ordinary.” In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sundays after the Feast of the Epiphany and after the Feast of the Pentecost are considered “ordinary time.” Episcopalians are more likely
An opportunity to join a very interesting conversation with the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM).