Christians are called to use the season of Lent as a time for introspection, self examination, repentance and preparation for Easter. Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and concludes during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and the Saturday before Easter. This sacred time is equal only to the Season of Advent in importance in the Christian year.


Lent has traditionally been marked by penitential prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. According to the Book of Common Prayer, Ash Wednesday and the other weekdays of Lent and of Holy Week (except March 25 the Feast of the Annunciation) are observed by special acts of discipline and self-denial. Some individuals observe Lent with a rigid schedule of fasting on certain days, or they may give up certain food such as; meat, alcohol, or sweets. Others focus on deeds by helping those in need or special charitable giving.


During Lent, it is especially appropriate to observe abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of the season. It is also quite appropriate to fast on Ash Wednesday. Fasting means either not eating at all, but staying hydrated by drinking water or juice, or by eating only one full meal and two lesser meals that together would not add up to another full meal.


The Liturgy for Ash Wednesday reminds us of the disciplines of the season on page 265 in the BCP 1979:  “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”


Concerning Private Confession

On pages 446-452 of the BCP 1979 you will find the form for “The Reconciliation of a Penitent.”  Read carefully the introductory material on page 446, and then examine the two forms of celebrating the sacramental rite.  Consider making a private confession to a priest during Lent.  If you don’t want to confess to your Rector, choose another priest nearby and make an appointment with him or her.  “All may, some should, none must,” but I think it’s well worth it to deal with patterns of sin we recognize in ourselves when we are fearlessly honest with ourselves and God during Lent.  I am always available for confession, before or after services and by office appointment.  



Fr. Mike+
Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church

Concerning Private Confession

 

Consider making a private confession to a priest during Lent.  If you don’t want to confess to your Rector, choose another priest nearby and make an appointment with him or her.  “All may, some should, none must,” but it’s well worth it to deal with patterns of sin we recognize in ourselves when we are fearlessly honest with ourselves and God during Lent.  Fr. Mike is always available for confession, before or after services and by office appointment. 

Concerning Private Confession

 

Consider making a private confession to a priest during Lent.  If you don’t want to confess to your Rector, choose another priest nearby and make an appointment with him or her.  “All may, some should, none must,” but it’s well worth it to deal with patterns of sin we recognize in ourselves when we are fearlessly honest with ourselves and God during Lent.  Fr. Mike is always available for confession, before or after services and by office appointment. 

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"The Book of Common Prayer"
    
March 4
 
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Adult Bible Study:
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Know Your Faith:
"The Anglican Communion & Episcopal Church"
     March 11
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Adult Bible Study:
Led by Fr. Mike
     March 11
  
   10:15 a.m.