Please sign up on the Parish Hall Sign Up Board to help with Liturgies throughout Lent and Holy Week, ending with The Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Please sign up on the Parish Hall Sign Up Board to bring food to share at one of our Wednesday Lenten Programs (through Wednesday, March 21, 2018).
A note about the Lenten Fast: Recall that there are only two prescribed fasts in the Prayer Book, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, which all the faithful are enjoined to keep (BCP, p. 17). The faithful are also encouraged to keep the entire Season of Lent as a fast, which has to do with the quantity of food eaten. The traditional understanding of the Lenten Fast is “not more than a light breakfast, one full meal, and one half meal, on the forty days of Lent” (St. Augustine’s Prayer Book, p. 5 in the Revised Edition). Of course, the Forty Days of Lent do not technically include Sundays, as every Sunday in the entire year is a Feast of the Resurrection (a “little Easter”). In other words, Sundays in Lent are, properly, outside of Lent, but you are welcome to continue your Lenten Fast on the Sundays of Lent, if you choose. Abstinence from meat on Fridays (and Wednesdays, in former times) is also a venerable Lenten tradition. The point of all of these sacrifices, these acts of giving things up (food in the Fast, meat in Friday abstinence), is that we may more fully give ourselves to God in devotion, prayer, and service. Meals foregone provide us with time for spiritual pursuits, and meats abstained from provide us with funds for spiritual purposes.