Lent at All Saints
March 1 marks the beginning of our Lenten journey. Ash Wednesday, known as a day of fasting, occurs 46 days before Easter. According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this fasting for 40 days as preparation for Easter.
And since every Sunday is seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and therefore a feast day, fasting is inappropriate on Sundays. Therefore, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday during the 6 weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday in the preceding week, making the number of 40 days.As we prepare for Easter and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, All Saints features a robust set of opportunities for the whole family to connect deeper with their faith as we travel the Road to Baptism.
We begin with Ash Wednesday services on March 1 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm in the new side chapel. Each Wednesday throughout Lent features Disposition Days Services at 10:00 am and at 7:30 pm. Disposition Days Services are services designed to focus our thoughts and prayers through meditation and external foci.
The Disposition Days will also help prepare those that wish to participate in the Week of Guided Prayer. This week of intentional focus and prayer through the Holy Week readings begins April 9th at 1:30 pm as we gather at the foot of the cross. Through Holy Week each participant will meet with their prayer guide daily as they continue to pray through the readings of Holy Week. The Week of Guided Prayer concludes on April 15th at 1:30 pm, again in the sanctuary and at the foot of the cross.
This lent will also feature the Sermon Series, The Road to Baptism. At the great Easter Vigil on April 15th at St Columba, we will renew our baptismal vows as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Each Sunday in Lent we will be exploring these vows and preparing our hearts and minds to re-commit ourselves as disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.
A daily devotional has also been prepared. This “15 Minutes with God” devotional allows for a daily reflection throughout Lent and is a valuable resource prepared for the Diocese of Huron by the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer.
As Lent is almost upon us, it is our hope and prayer that we will each observe a sacred and holy time, our connection with God will be nurtured and as a parish community we will experience the movement of the Holy Spirit.