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 February 22, Ash Wednesday. At St. Alban’s, we will have three services on February 22 with Imposition of Ashes: 12 noon, 5:30pm (special children’s service), and 7:00pm.
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, February 25, 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 1, we will be holding a special program series in the Parish Hall every Wednesday: “Walking the Way of the Cross in the Gospels.”
In this series, the Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb of Virginia Theological Seminary will present on the ways in which the passion and resurrection of Christ are discussed in each of the four gospels. Click here for more information on the Wednesday program.
Each week, join us in the Nave at 6pm for Stations of the Cross, then in the parish hall at 6:30pm for soup supper and the presentation at 7:00pm.
NOTE: Clergy will also offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) on Wednesdays at 5:30pm during Lent, or at any other time by appointment.
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”!