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Our News for the Week
(Updated each Thursday)
Thirty days ago we entered into the Season of Lent - we are three fourths of the way to Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week and the dawning of Easter. How have you observed this time of repentance, “giving up,” or “taking on?” Or has this “month” passed by the same as any other? I don’t know about you but I have always preferred to take on something rather than give up something. I usually like to begin a new scripture study practice and I manage to be true to that discipline until the end of those 40 days. Even in my more “mature” years, I’m no longer required to continue my Lenten pursuit so I easily abandon it until next year.
This year St. Luke’s has offered a number of ways we can observe this Holy Lent.
Each Friday at noon we can participate in the Stations of the Cross. Have you ever taken part in this service? If not, I would encourage you to make the time to experience this spiritually powerful journey. Most of us know the story and taking this walk can give it (the story) a new meaning for you.
On Sunday evenings at 6:30, Fr. Pat teaches about using the Anglican Rosary. Many people are familiar with the Catholic Rosary - don’t let this intimidate you, there are far fewer beads for us Episcopalians. The Anglican Rosary allows for making the practice personal and several prayers are provided at the training. This is an excellent way to engage in quiet meditation especially when you become familiar with the prayers you use and the rhythm of your rosary. Who couldn’t benefit from an opportunity to be still in our busy lives?
Immediately following the Rosary Training at 7:00 p.m. is a compline service - compline (pronounced COM-plin) is a form of prayers to be said right before bedtime. The Order for Compline being offered through the rest of Lent is complemented with the inclusion of Taizé music (easy, melodic chanting similar to our Psalms during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service). Some of the chants are in Latin and some in English and the short phrases are repeated making it easy to learn if you are inclined. We would love you to join us at this service for another richly spiritual worship opportunity before you retire for the evening.
If you are engaged in another Lenten discipline or adopt one of these options, one might possibly find a permanent place in your daily life. As for me, I intend to continue my work with the Anglican Rosary as a reminder to integrate prayer throughout the day anytime I start to fret or when I want to remove my distractions so I am able to feel closer to God. Maybe I can at least do it through the Season of Easter (or beyond). Are you game?