Are you desiring to observe a Holy Lent? Are you looking to add in some new spiritual practices this Lent?
Below are some ancient practices that Christians over the years have participated in during Lent and suggestions of how you can participate more fully at St. Columba's during Lent this season.
- self-examination & repentance
This can happen on your own, during corporate worship or more formally you can reach out to a priest and receive The Rite of Reconciliation. This is a sacramental rite of our church, designed for individuals who desire to experience in a ritual way both confession of sin and the pronouncement of God's forgiveness. You can read through the rite in both its forms in The Book of Common Prayer beginning on page 447, or click here to read it online.
2. prayer & corporate worship
This can happen during Sunday morning worship, Wednesday Healing Eucharist, facebook Morning Prayer, or prayer can happen anytime on your own. During Lent all of the Wednesday evening services will be in-person at 6:30pm. There will also be a simple soup offered before the service at 6pm.
3. fasting & self-denial
We live in a culture of busyness. Think about ways during Lent that you set aside time to connect with God. This could be by removing something in your life that is filled with distraction or giving something up that reminds you that you need God. If you have children you could drop off your kids by 9am and take some time for peace and quiet until 11am the service.
4. reading and meditating on God's holy Word
We do this together every Sunday morning, during Wednesday Healing Eucharist, and Morning Prayer every week day through our facebook page. You can do this on your own as well, although in the Episcopal Church we encourage people to read scripture with others, this could include a biblical commentary or any resource/book.
5. almsgiving (giving to the poor)
This would be a great time to give money to the Vicar’s discretionary account or the food bank. We are also working on putting together “go bags” for people experiencing homelessness. Stay tuned for more information on how you could donate to this project. We are also looking for people interested in a new program call One Parish One Prisoner. Look in the e-news for more information.