The Season of Lent at Grace New Lenox
Lent begins march 6 - what is lent?
The season of Lent is a moving, introspective, penitential season of the Church year. It is preparation for the miracle of Easter. The worship of this season is remarkably different than most other seasons as a result.
YOU’RE PUTTING ASHES ON MY FOREHEAD?
Only if you want! Ash Wednesday is a special day in Christianity, where we mark the start of the Lenten season by reflecting upon our mortality. During worship this day, the priest invites worshippers to approach the altar and receive the mark of the cross on their foreheads, with the words “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Some Christians continue to wear the ashes on their foreheads all day, but it is not necessary (and in fact, Matthew’s Gospel lesson on Ash Wednesday seems to discourage it!).
The season of Lent truly begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. There are two services at Grace that day: at 8:00 am it is Holy Eucharist, Rite One, with imposition of ashes. At 7:00 pm there is Holy Eucharist, Rite One, with music, and with the imposition of ashes.
Episcopalians do Confession, too??
Throughout the day on Ash Wednesday, the Vicar is available to hear confessions, too. This sacramental rite is available to all who seek it, particularly those who have trouble forgiving themselves for past sins against God and their neighbor. Unless someone is a harm to themselves or others, the confession time with the priest is entirely confidential. Please use the form below to request an appointment for Ash Wednesday (or any other time, as well).
The season of Lent continues each Sunday for six weeks (March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 and 14). During this time we will begin each service with a Penitential Order - reciting the Decalogue (10 Commandments) and the public Confession of Sin. The Eucharist will follow Rite I (“thee” “thou” language).
Do I have to give up something for lent?
Many Christians find it fulfilling to, and indeed, the Church compels people to consider, giving up something for Lent or fasting from a practice, food or the like. This allows someone to clear any blockages towards a deeper relationship with God. Alternatively, you might consider to adding something sacred to your daily routine - reading a spiritual book or companion, exercising, adding prayer, and so on. If you would like some ideas or some assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the Vicar to talk.