The season of Lent is one of the oldest traditions in the Church calendar.
In the early 3rd Century, Church father Irenaeus wrote about a time of fasting, penitence and self-denial building up to Easter. Irenaeus noted that a season of preparation had been observed since the time of the forefathers of the Church – possibly during the lifetime of the twelve Apostles themselves.
We continue that ancient tradition when Lent begins this year on March 2, Ash Wednesday. At St. Alban’s, we will have two services on March 2 with Imposition of Ashes: Holy Eucharist at both 12 Noon and 7pm.
The season of Lent is, indeed, a time when we give up and take on:
- We give up those things which lead us away from God or create obstacles to being disciples of Jesus.
- And we take on those things which are beneficial to us and to our relationship with God.
And so the time to be thinking of a discipline for Lent is now, before Lent. Spend some time and take a spiritual inventory. Scrutinize your spiritual life: What are my strengths and where am I weakest in my spiritual life?
Ask yourself the question, “What habit or way of living comes between God and me, and how can I strengthen and deepen my relationship with God and others?”
Resources for Lent
St. Alban’s has a variety of resources and programming to help make your Lenten observance more fulfilling.
Lenten Quiet Morning
Our Lenten Quiet Morning, from 8:30am to 1:00pm on Saturday, March 5, will give you a time and a place to get away from the busy-ness of our lives and spend some quiet time focusing on our relationships with God and with each other.
Wednesday Evening Lent Series
For four weeks starting March 16, we will be holding a special program series in the Parish Hall every Wednesday at 7pm: “The Bible in the Movies.”
In this series we will take a look at how scripture has been “brought to life” in the movies starting with the silent era and continuing to some of today’s movies.
Movies give us insight into the current culture – what is important to society, what is popular with society. By extension, film and television give us insight into current understanding of religion and the role religion and faith play in society. Each evening will bring short clips of movies that represent the culture, times and theology of the era.
Monday Online Bible Study
Starting March 7, we will be conducting a special online Bible study every Monday at 7pm, during which we will be discussing the apocryphal books. Stay tuned for more details.
Lent Madness is a great way to learn about Christians in ages past, and to see how they lived their lives as disciples of Jesus. Learn more online and be sure to sign up for the emails so you can vote every day on which saint should “win”!