The 2021 Lenten Mediations, written my members of the parish, are now available. Click here to download. Hard copies will be available at all services on Sunday, 14 February, Ash Wednesday, and subsequent services. Moreover, each day’s mediation will be emailed to everyone on the parish email list each morning in Lent. Many thanks to Betty Ruth Fox and Becky Herren for their work on this always excellent annual project. And many thanks as well to all of our meditators.
The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.