The Lenten Season

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities and a time for prayer and penance.


Purple is the symbolic colour used throughout Lent, for drapes and altar dressings. Purple is used for two reasons: firstly because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the colour associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ's resurrection and sovereignty.



Please join us for our Lenten Study at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday morning at St. Margaret's Hall commencing Saturday, February 17th.

"A Beautiful Friendship is a Lent Course that offers a fresh perspective on one of the classic movies of all time. Casablanca has many well-known lines and scenes, but it also deals with powerful themes of love, loss, faith and sacrifice that can help us reflect on the message of the Gospel at Lent."

It is recommended that you watch the movie Casablanca before our Lenten Study starts. The movie is available at our local library in Tantallon.



Shrove Tuesday  - February 13, 2018

  

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts: the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It's a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration. Is also the last opportunity to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is sometimes called Pancake Day
Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them.
 

  

Pancake Supper .......................................... St. George’s Hall 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Liturgy for Burning of the Palms................ St. George’s Church 7:00 p.m.


Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018

In Ash Wednesday services churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes as a sign of penitence and mortality. The ashes are made by burning palm crosses from the previous Palm Sunday. The priest marks each worshipper on the forehead, and says “remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return”, or a similar phrase based on God's sentence on Adam in Genesis 3:19.

 

 

...................Prayer for Ash Wednesday........
  God our Father, you create us from the dust of the earth. Grant that these ashes may be a sign for our penitence, and a symbol of our mortality.


Morning Prayer with Imposition of Ashes ........................................................... St. Margaret’s, 11 a.m.

BAS Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes ................................................... St. George’s Church 7:00 p.m.

This Lent, give up a few minutes
each day to PRAY, ACT and GIVE
 

By Allie Colp
A few years ago, my church began preparing for Lent on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday by having us all sing Turn Turn Turn, that classic song by The Byrds. We all literally turned around in a full circle each time we sang “turn, turn, turn.” Apart from being a dizzying experience, that song helped us enter a season of turning closer to God. We talked together about what it meant to turn back to God or to turn closer to God in the season of Lent and throughout all of the seasons of our lives.

PWRDF's 2018 Lenten Resource will invite you to do some turning of your own throughout the season. It will encourage you to reflect on and engage with some of the challenges in the world, but will also offer you stories of some of the amazing, wonder-filled, and holy work being done by PWRDF and partners throughout the world. As you read these stories and journey through the lectionary readings for Lent, consider the ways in which you are called to turn – perhaps towards God, or towards new action, or deeper understanding.

Each week will explore a different theme of PWRDF and partners' work. The reflections and prayers draw on Good News Stories from PWRDF and from the Revised Common Lectionary for Year B. Each day will either share a story and invite you to reflect on it, or will offer prompts for you to Pray, Act and Give.
For some of the days in this guide, in the GIVE section, you will be prompted to add a coin to a jar. Not everyone has coins around anymore, so if that doesn’t make sense for you be creative - you might keep a tally on a paper posted somewhere that you will see often throughout the day, or keep track in a note on your phone or in a journal.
Having a visual sign of the accumulation of things that you honour, remember or celebrate throughout this season can be a powerful representation of your Lenten journey of reflection.
 
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PWRDF is grateful to Allie Colp, former Youth Council member, for writing this Lenten resource to share with Anglicans and others. This work also draws on contributions written by The Reverend Elizabeth Steeves in PWRDF's 2015 Lenten Resource.