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.

Holy Week

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Also called Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday always falls on the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before his trial
and crucifixion. The crowds of people who were in Jerusalem for Passover lay down their cloaks and waved small palm branches in front of him, proclaiming him as the messianic king. Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of blessed palm leaves tied


Tenebrae, which is Latin for “shadows”, is celebrated on the eve of Maundy Thursday. The liturgy of Tenebrae is characterized by the gradual extinguishing of
candles, and the reading and chanting of Psalms and Lamentations. After each reading, as the candles are extinguished one candle at a time, we remember the struggle of God’s people. By the end of the liturgy the only light left in the sanctuary is the Christ Candle which is then take away as Christ was taken away to be crucified. The Congregation sits together in darkness and silence until a loud sound is heard signifying the earthquake at Christ’s crucifixion. The Christ Candle is then returned to the gathered congregation and the people leave in silence.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is celebrated on the Thursday before Easter. Christians remember it as the day of the Last Supper which began the practice of celebrating theEucharist. The night of Maundy Thursday recalls the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. The word “maundy” comes from the command (mandate) given by Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another. The service includes the ceremonial washing of feet as a gesture of humility and in remembrance of Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples. The altar coverings and liturgical ornaments are removed from the sanctuary after the Eucharist. The "stripping of the altar" symbolizes the abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and the stripping of Jesus by the soldiers prior to his crucifixion.Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Easter Tridium, which consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and marks the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Good Friday

Good Friday is the Friday of Holy Week and is traditionally a time of fasting and penance, commemorating the anniversary of Christ's crucifixion and death. Thesacrificial death of Christ, with the resurrection, comprises the heart of the Christian faith. The Service of Anointing for healing is offered to those who wish prayers for themselves or others. Communion is about healing and renewal, and the laying on of hands and anointing opens us more fully to the healing power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Holy Saturday

The Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil, is the first official liturgical celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. It is held in the evening of Holy Saturday—but is considered to be the first celebration of Easter Day. The vigil begins between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday outside the church, where the Easter fire is blessed by the celebrant. This new fire symbolizes the radiance of the Risen Christ dispelling the darkness of sin and death. The Paschal candle is blessed and then lit. The candle is carried by a priest, or some other liturgical minister, through the church, itself in complete darkness, stopping three times to chant an acclamation – “The Light of Christ”. As the candle proceeds through the church, all present receive candles which are lit from the Paschal candle. As this symbolic "Light of Christ" spreads throughout those gathered, the darkness is decreased. Once the candle has been placed on its stand in the sanctuary, the lights in the church are switched on and the assembly extinguishes their candles.

The Sunday of the Resurrection - Easter Day

Easter is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion and we celebrate this resurrection on Easter Sunday. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Holy Week Schedule

Wednesday in Holy Week (Mar. 28)

 BCP Eucharist, St. Margaret’s 11 a.m.

 Reconciliation – St. Margaret’s 7 p.m.

Tennebrae – St. Margaret’s 8 p.m.

Maundy Thursday (Mar. 29)

St. George’s at 7 p.m.

Good Friday (Mar. 30)

 St. George’s at 10 a.m.

Stations of the Cross Walk, St. James’ 1 p.m.

Holy Saturday (Mar. 31)

Family Easter Vigil - St. James’ 4 p.m.

Great Vigil (BAS) – St. Margaret’s 8 p.m.

Easter Day (Apr.1)

 BCP Eucharist - St. Paul’s 9 a.m.

 BAS Eucharist - St. George’s 11 a.m.

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.

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.