Lent - March 6 - April 20, 2019
Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). In the western church the forty days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday. The last three days of Lent are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. All Christians are invited "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" (BCP, p. 265). At St. Francis we engage in a holy Lent together on Sunday mornings; our church is dressed in purple and our worship is more solemn. Then we gather again on Sunday evenings for a more meditative time of prayer, a simple meal of soup and time for growth in our spiritual journey for children, youth and adults. This is also time when youth and adults can prepare for confirmation and reception into the Episcopal Church.