Lent and Holy Week

Early Christians observed “a season of penitence and fasting” in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days) has a long history. In the western church, the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, 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).

In addition to our regular offerings of Sunday Worship, Children’s Sunday School, Evening Prayer, and Wednesday Morning Meditation, we invite you to journey with St. Pauls through this season with the offerings and resources highlighted below.

2021 Lenten Devotional | Pause(s) for Lent
This booklet contains reflections written by different people from our St. Paul’s community. We invite you to pause and reflect on one word each weekday throughout the season of Lent. There are hard copies provided in the Lent Bags and it is available digitally HERE.

Lent Offerings

Ash Wednesday Liturgy | Wednesday, February 17th @ 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. | Livestreamed on Facebook and Website

At the beginning of Lent, we remember that we are dust as we mark our foreheads and receive assurance of God’s continuing care for our precious, fragile lives.

Stone Soup Micro-Fundraiser | Sunday, February 21st @ 6:00 p.m. | Click Here for Details

Stone Soup is an annual micro-fundraiser dinner based on the story of stone soup. This year, Stone Soup will be held online through Zoom. But you can still get soup to-go for the online gathering! The deadline to order soup is February 15th.

Lenten Speaker Series | Thursdays during Lent (starting February 25th) @ 7:00 p.m. on Zoom | Click Here for Details

Beginning Thursday, February 25th, join us for an incredible Lenten Speaker Series. This year’s theme is Journey Together. This season of pandemic has given birth to a new understanding of what it means to be together. Our presenters this year are poets from a wide range of backgrounds. Through their art, they will help us explore the spiritual dimensions of being part of a human family, particularly during these times of social unrest. Through their uniquely personal lenses of poetry and other art forms, they will help us explore what it means (or, does not mean) to be together. Through their journeys, they will help us understand our own journeys.

Lenten Lunches To-Go | Wednesdays March 3rd and 17th | Click Here for Details

According to our calculations, 2021 is the 99th year of the St. Paul’s Lenten Lunch program, and the first full year with no in-person dining…but for those of you who can’t imagine a Lent without cheese soufflé – you are in luck! The loyal soufflé bakers led by Joni Dray have been pressed into service and will be making pans of cheesy goodness for just TWO Wednesdays this Lent.

Music Recitals | Wednesdays during Lent at 12:00 p.m. | Livestreamed on Facebook Live

Live-streamed Lent Recitals from St. Paul’s and All Saints every Wednesday at Noon.

Lenten Evensong | Sunday, March 14 @ 5:00 p.m. | Livestreamed on Facebook and Website

A contemplative service of Evening Prayer, including readings and music that create a meditative opportunity at the midpoint of our Lenten journey.

Holy Week

All services Livestreamed on Facebook and Website

Palm/Passion Sunday | Sunday, March 28th @ 10: 00 a.m.

We wave our palm branches as Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph. Then we quickly pivot to begin our Holy Week journey with the sobering realization that we are part of the crowd calling for Jesus’ death.

Service of Tenebrae | Wednesday, March 31st @ 7:00 p.m.

Our experience of Jesus’ suffering is deepened in this service of “Shadows,” using traditional chants and expressions of lament from the Hebrew Scriptures, led by the Men of the St. Paul’s Choir.

Maundy Thursday Liturgy | Thursday, April 1st @ 7:00 p.m.

We join with Jesus and his disciples for their last meal together, experiencing foot-washing and Holy Communion as signs of Jesus’ life of loving service. “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another.”

Good Friday Liturgy | Friday, April 2nd @ 12:00 p.m.

We stand at the foot of Jesus’ cross to lament the suffering that violence produces and to receive again the promise of God’s undying love for us.

Holy Saturday Liturgy | Saturday, April 3rd @ 12:00 p.m.

A brief service of remembrance as we keep watch at the place of Jesus’ burial.

The Great Easter Vigil | Saturday, April 3rd @ 7:00 p.m.

After sunset, we huddle in the dark and look forward to the coming of Easter. We light the Pascal candle and hear again the stories of God’s continuing care for us. In the early church, this was the traditional time of Baptism for new converts, looking forward to their first celebration of Eucharist on Easter morning.

Easter Sunday | Sunday, April 4th @ 10:00 a.m.

With glorious music and the beauty of flowers, we proclaim the good news that “Jesus Christ is risen today!” We will rejoice in each other’s virtual company as Jesus’ resurrection brings us new life.