The Season of Lent 2018

This is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days Lent season of 2018 in Western Christianity, which will end on April 1, the Easter Sunday.

May you have an enlightening time of reflection, askesis, repentance and reorientation.

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Ash Wednesday 2015

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the 40-day Lenten fast for Western Christians. The Christian holy day, this year falling on Feb. 18, is observed by prayer, repentance and fasting ahead of Easter.

The day follows Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, where revelers partake in their last bout of merrymaking before Lent begins. While many see the observance as a Catholic one, most liturgical churches include Lent in their practices. This includes Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations.

For those unfamiliar with Ash Wednesday, below are three answers to common questions surrounding the holy day. Continue reading “Ash Wednesday 2015”

Ash Wednesday 2014

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday – Beginning of Lent 2013

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Today, 13 February, marks the beginning of Lent in the Western Christian Church.

Here is a fragment from Part V of the poem of T. S. Eliot called Ash Wednesday.

If the lost word is lost, if the spent word is spent
If the unheard, unspoken
Word is unspoken, unheard;
Still is the unspoken word, the Word unheard,
The Word without a word, the Word within
The world and for the world; Continue reading “Ash Wednesday – Beginning of Lent 2013”

A Protestant Liturgy for Ash Wednesday

Introduction

All standing. The service begins with the following greeting:

L – ÔÇá Grace and peace to you from God.
P – May God fill you with truth and joy.

L – Let us pray in silence for grace to keep Lent faithfully.

Silence

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Father Matthew Presents Lent and Shrove Tuesday

If you ever wondered what is it all about Mardi Gras and Lent, here it is ­čÖé

The Great Litany

To be said or sung, kneeling, standing, or in procession; before the Eucharist or after the Collects of Morning or Evening Prayer; or separately; especially in Lent and on Rogation days.

L – O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
P – Have mercy upon us.

L – O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
P – Have mercy upon us.

L – O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
P – Have mercy upon us.

L – O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,
P – Have mercy upon us.

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