The liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and continues 40 days (excluding Sundays) through Holy Saturday, the day before Easter.
Our usual 6:15 pm Evening Prayer service is replaced by a 7 pm Ash Wednesday liturgy (Book of Common Prayer 1979 page 264), at which an "Invitation to the observance of a holy Lent" precedes the blessing and imposition of ashes for those who desire.
Wednesdays in Lent
Our practice in recent years has been to offer a six week Soup Supper and Book Study at 7pm on the Wednesdays of Lent. Members sign up to provide soups and sides each week.
- In 2016, we studied Greg Garrett's My Church is Not Dying: The Episcopal Church in the 21st Century.
- In 2017, we selected an audio book version of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Both were well received.
- For 2018, our study takes us to more spiritual depth. We have selected Margaret Guenther's Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus.
The evening program is preceded by the usual 6:15 pm Evening Prayer service, but substituting a variety of liturgical forms for worship in the evening that are drawn from both the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer 1979 and other sources. On the penultimate Wednesday, the program concludes with Compline (BCP p 127); on the Wednesday in Holy Week, we conclude with Tenebrae, a service of darkness.