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Lent and Easter at Saint Mark

Click to enlargeAsh Wednesday, February 18, marked the beginning of the season of Lent, the forty-day season leading up to Easter day and the Easter season. Because the church considers every Sunday to be a little Easter, Sundays are not counted as part of the forty days and instead are referred to as “Sundays in Lent.”

During Lent, ancient Christians mourned and repented of their sins, so it was appropriate for them to show their sincerity by having ashes on their foreheads. This custom has persisted in the church as secular society has changed around us and is most appropriate on Ash Wednesday, when we begin a period of sober reflection, self-examination, and spiritual redirection.

Lent is a season of encounter with Christ, of instruction, initiation, and growth as a church in common life and ministry. It is a “time for putting aside the sins and failures of the past in light of who we are yet to become by the grace of God.” Many people give up something for Lent as a spiritual practice/discipline. You might also consider taking on a new practice as a means of getting closer to God. Lent is a deep, rich time in which we prepare for the Easter season.

Holy Week Calendar of Events

Palm Sunday Worship

  • April 13, 9:00 and 11:15 am
  • Instrumental Ensemble, Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir

Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion

  • April 17, 7:00 pm
  • Chancel Choir
  • Katerina Lewis, violist

Good Friday Worship

  • April 18, noon – Stations of the Cross
  • 7:00 pm – Tenebrae service
    • Scott Smith, soloist

Easter Sunday Worship

  • April 20, 7:00 am Sunrise service
  • 9:00 and 11:15 am Worship with Holy Communion
    • Chancel Choir and Brass Quintet and Timpani
    • Susan Ray, soloist