WHAT IS LENT ?
Lent Is the solemn observance in the liturgical year lasting for a period of approximately six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday from Ash Wednesday .
At the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed during Mass, after the homily. The blessed ashes are then "imposed" on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality.
The act of putting on ashes symbolizes our fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent.
From the very early times the commemoration of the approach of Christ's passion and death was observed by a period of self-denial. St. Athanasius in the year 339 enjoined upon the people of Alexandria the 40 days' fast he saw practiced in Rome and elsewhere, "to the end that while all the world is fasting, we who are in Egypt should not become a laughing stock as the only people who do not fast but take our pleasure in those days." On Ash Wednesday in the early days, the Pope went barefoot to St. Sabina's in Rome "to begin with holy fasts the exercises of Christian warfare, that as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial."
March 6th 2019
With imposition of Ashes
LENT COURSE 2019
This lent, we will focus on God as the Chief Gardener of our soul, and we will seek out ways to grow into the fullness God desires for us. Just as stakes and lattices support the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. This series uses a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ to help us cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation. This is an exciting opportunity to dig deep and dream big about ways to live into a more abundant life with Christ. This series is designed for use by both individuals and small groups. In small groups, facilitators will guide the growing process as participants discuss and learn together. For individuals, daily videos and reflections will lead them through a similar process. Ultimately each participant will create a unique Rule of Life to guide and sustain their Christian life beyond the class. The series is organized into six phases. Each phase will help us develop some aspect of our own ‘Rule of Life.’ In these phases, we will look deeply at our relationships with God, with Self, with Others, and with Creation.
I encourage you to sign up at www.SSJE.org/growrule asking for it to begin on Sunday March 3rd.
The first Meeting will be at the Vicarage on March 7th @ 7.30pm
We will then meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.
The glorious band of apostles, the noble company of prophets, the white-robed army who shed their blood for Christ, all sing your praises.