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
- 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.
- We will continue this pattern in 2018, though the book has not yet been selected.
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.