LENT is a season that runs for forty days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday until Easter. In early Christianity, Lent was a time when those seeking to be baptized Easter morning would prepare through prayer, study of scripture, and examination of one’s life. Eventually it became a season in which all Christians would engage in self-examination and amendment of life. Many people during Lent, chose to do some special spiritual practices to deepen their relationship with God such reading a daily devotion, participating in a study group, volunteering to serve those in need, or doing something creative that puts one in touch with our endlessly creative God. The season ends with the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.
St. David’s offers the following events during Lent to assist you to make your Lenten journey more meaningful.
ASH WEDNESDAY (March 6) there will be services at noon and at 7 PM when we confess our sins and receive the mark of a cross with ashes upon the forehead – an ancient sign of repentance and humility before God.
BIBLE STUDY each Monday at 11 a.m. There will also be a STUDY SERIES on Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m. starting March 13 where we will be reading and reflecting on Jesus’ actions and teachings during his last week, and what they might say to us.
PALM SUNDAY (April 14) begins the last week of Lent called Holy Week. Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Palm branches are given out at the beginning of the service to celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. There is also a dramatic reading of the Passion story in which the congregation participates.
LABYRINTH WALK Wednesday March 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m. This is a candle lit winding circular path in the sanctuary that leads one to the center, then out again. Meditative music is played. People can slowly walk the path or simply sit and pray.
MAUNDY THURSDAY is when Christians remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. At St. David’s, there is a simple meal of Mediterranean type foods at 6 p.m. Then around 7:15 PM there is an informal service with Holy Communion.
GOOD FRIDAY (March 19) is the day Christians reflect on Jesus’ death. Salem has a community walk of the Stations of the Cross through town beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Church on Main Street ending around noon. Friday evening at St. David’s at 7 p.m. there is a service with Holy Communion.
EASTER MORNING (Sunday April 21) there will be a service without music at 8 a.m. then a Celebratory service with special music at 10 AM.