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Sun. at 8:00am (said Holy Eucharist) - temporarily suspended
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*Children’s Sunday School offered at 10am Sundays September – June - temporarily suspended
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Lent at St John's
Signs of Life: Why Church Matters
A program designed and produced by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria Virginia that explores how the central symbols of Christian Worship – Light, Water, Food, Shelter and Community – reveal the ways God meets us and feeds us in these abundant signs.
*online study - https://www.signsoflife.org
Healing Prayers Starting in Lent, those who wish to receive the laying on of hands and prayers for healing are invited to bring their bulletin up to the Communion rail, to signal this to the priest.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available from the clergy if you are carrying a burden or contrition which you feel called to confess. Feel free to speak with Canon Catherine, Fr. Jim or Fr. Brian.
Prayer Requests During Lent, Canon Catherine follows the monastic tradition of praying the night offices. If you have special prayer requests, please forward them to her in confidence using one of the “prayer request” envelopes available at the church entrances, or by placing them in one of the boxes marked “Prayer Requests”.
Personal Study / Devotion Resources
• 40acts.org.uk is the generosity challenge for Lent created by UK Christian charity Stewardship. Resources are available by signing up on the website. Family wall charts are available a the church entrances.
• Lenten coin folders are available at the church entrances. Or consider your own Lenten “Mite” box or jar.
• PWRDF is offering an audio reflection on the Gospels of Lent.
Subscribe for free at https://pwrdf.org/get-involved/lent2020/
Lent is a forty-day period of fasting and preparation, and dates from the fourth century. It was, in particular a time of special discipline for those who were to be baptized at Easter. It has remained as an observance undertaken by all the baptized.
Lent is a period that depends on the Paschal Mystery – the life, death and resurrection of Christ as events in the spiritual world, as mysteries which impinge directly on our lives in their depth and power. It is not a season about being miserable. It is a season which invites us to journey more closely with Jesus and enter more fully into the Paschal Mystery.
As we enter the season of Lent, St. John’s and its liturgies take on some distinctive practices. The reredos is empty of flowers. The Paschal Candle is removed from its place and the font and crosses are draped in purple. At the Wednesday Eucharist, we pray the additional collect for Lent following the Collect of the Day. At 10am on Sundays we begin with the Penitential order and the sentence of the day as a way of
calling us into a time of self-reflection and examination. Gone is the Gloria; the Alleluias are buried until Easter. The psalms are sung by a cantor with the congregation joining in the refrain – an opportunity to hear the words of the psalmist in a different way and to respond to those words as a whole congregation. The intercessions take on a more plaintive tone.
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