Lent at Trinity

 

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Table of Contents

What is Lent?

Sundays in Lent

Where Do I Begin?

Schedule for Lent

Ash Wednesday Prayers

Weekly Scripture Reading Schedule

Daily Lenten Prayers

Songs & Creeds of Lent

Notation of Sources

 

 What is Lent?


Though the specific details surrounding the origin of Lent are unknown, the observation of the season was firmly established in the Church by the 4th century. The intention was that Lent be seen as a journey beckoning the traveler to the destination of Easter, the day Jesus, our King, defeated death and secured life for us. Easter is the time we celebrate life – life in its fullness – and are reminded of the truth that, if we belong to Jesus, we too have died to sin and been raised to new life in him (Rom. 6.3-4). Easter then, is the celebration of the reality of our new identity – the day we confess loudly and joyfully that ‘if anyone is in Christ, new creation! The old has passed away, behold the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5.17). So understood rightly, Lent is our preparation for this celebration, a preparation that takes the form of repentance. Put another way, Easter is the season during which we feast upon the truth of Jesus’ victory of life for us, while Lent is a time of considering and repenting of all the ways we’ve betrayed or forgotten this new life Jesus has given to us.
Keeping with the metaphor, Lent is a journey of rediscovery and recovery of who we are as followers of Jesus with its grand destination being the celebration of Easter. It’s a journey of turning away from those idolatries that have captured our hearts and a turning back to the One who came to captivate our hearts with his life and joy. (It is important to note at this point that Lent is not the only time we are to focus on repentance. Repentance is not a one-time activity for the Christian but rather an ongoing, daily activity. But just as we should always thank God for the birth of Jesus, we still observe a periodic reminder of The Incarnation, Christmas, so as to focus on and celebrate it more fully. So it is with the observance of Lent and Easter).
Lent then is about the heart, about asking ourselves what our greatest treasure is. For as Jesus told us, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6.18). The Lenten Journey is a time when we are to become more intentional, with the Lord’s help, about inquiring as to where our hearts are, i.e. are they seeking after the treasure of God’s kingdom (Matt. 6.33)?

 

Sundays in Lent

The Lenten Journey is 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday and extending through the Saturday before Easter, also known as Holy Saturday. If you count this on the calendar, you will quickly see that makes 46 days, not 40. This is because, according to Church tradition, Sundays are never fast days, but always a day for feasting or celebration since Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday.
Throughout the Gospels as well as the letters of the New Testament, we see that the original disciples noted Christ’s Resurrection as a brand new period in the life of God’s People. Each Sunday then, became a day to celebrate and rejoice that Jesus had risen from the dead and is therefore who he claimed to be – the Son of God. Fasting of any kind would be forbidden on such a day. The 40 days of Lent represent Jesus’ fasting in the desert for 40 days before beginning his public ministry. For us, this means that Lent, in the broad sense, is a time of discipline and self-restraint but Sundays are never to be viewed that way.
Therefore, there is no such thing as a Sunday of Lent but only a Sunday in Lent. The climax or highlight of the Lenten Journey takes place during Holy Week, the Week just before Easter. During Holy Week, the Church observes Maundy Thursday (the institution of Communion) and Good Friday (the remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross). Holy Week, along with all of Lent, arrives at its destination with the dawn of Resurrection Sunday which is the first day of the Easter Season.

 

Where Do I begin?

If this is your first time to observe Lent, you might feel a bit overwhelmed and wonder where to begin. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

• Stay Focused: While Lent does involve abstaining from things, remember that the point of abstaining is repentance of our misuse of God’s good gifts. Don’t become so focused on saying “no” that you miss the joy of receiving God’s grace.
• Keep it simple: Lent comes around every year. If the observance is new to you, don’t try to “jump in the deep end” this year. Find one or two points that resonate with you and can be easily implemented in the life of your household. Just like everything else in life, your observance of Lent will change and grow over the years.
• Don’t reinvent the wheel: In this day and age, there are suggestions everywhere for how to make things cute and fun and… complicated! But we have a history and a large Church family who have been observing Lent for a long, long time. Look to the Church for ideas and wisdom, not the world.

 

 Schedule for Lent 

Wednesday, Feb 14

Ash Wednesday Service 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Sunday Evenings

Prayer services @ 5-5:30pm Feburary 18-March-18 Palm Sunday 6-7pm

Monday, March 26

Holy Week Service @ 6pm;
light dinner served

Tuesday, March 27

Holy Week Service @ 6pm; 
light dinner served

Wednesday, March 28

Holy Week Service @ 6pm; 
light dinner served

Thursday, March 29

Maundy Thursday Service @ 6pm

Friday, March 30

Good Friday Service @ 6pm

Easter Sunday, April 1

Sunrise Service followed by Potluck breakfast
Worship Service @ 10:00am

 

 

Ash Wednesday Prayers

Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

All: Glory to you, our God, glory to You!

Leader: To you, O Lord belongs righteousness, but to us open shame; for we have sinned against you our God. Forgive us and make your face shine upon us.

All: Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Quote Daily Psalm together followed by The Lord’s Prayer:

 Morning: I lay down and slept; I awoke again, for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:5)

 Evening: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.(Psalm 4:8)

  Time of asking for and granting forgiveness of one another:
“I have sinned against you, will you forgive me?”

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1-17

All: Apostles’ Creed (printed on page 9)

All: Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Leader: O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to your servant. Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. O God, be gracious to me, a sinner. Amen.

-Prayer of St. Ephrem

 

Weekly Scripture Readings

 

Week 1

Ash Wednesday - Saturday February 17

 

Isaiah 58:1-12

Psalm 51:1-17

2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

 

Week 2

Sunday, February 18 - Saturday, February 24

 

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Peter 3:18-22 

Mark 1:9-15

 

Week 3

     Sunday, February 25 - Saturday, March 3

 

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Psalm 22:23-31

Romans 4:13-25

Mark 8:31-38

 

Week 4

 Sunday, March 4 - Saturday, March 10

 

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22

 

Week 5

Sunday, March 11 – Saturday, March 17

 

Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

 

Week 6

Sunday, March 18 - Saturday, March 24

 

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51:1-12 

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

 

Holy Week

Sunday, March 25 - Saturday, March 31

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Psalm 22

John 18:1-19:42

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

 

 

Daily Lenten Prayers

Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
All: Glory to you, our God, glory to You!
Leader: To you, O Lord belongs righteousness, but to us open shame; for we have sinned against you our God. Forgive us and make your face shine upon us.
All: Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Quote Daily Psalm together followed by The Lord’s Prayer:

Morning: I lay down and slept; I awoke again, for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:5) 

Evening: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

Daily Scripture Reading: (choose one from current week on pg.7)

All: St. Patrick’s Breastplate (printed on page 9)
All: Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. (3x)
Leader: O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to your servant. Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. O God, be gracious to me, a sinner. Amen.

-Prayer of St. Ephrem

 

Songs & Creeds of Lent

Apostles Creed
I believe in God, The Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day, he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into the heavens and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy catholic Church, the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ be with me,
Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ deep within me,
Christ below me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right hand, Christ at my left hand,
Christ as I lie down, Christ as I arise, Christ as I stand.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the ear of everyone who hears me.

Trisagion
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy, Immortal One,
Have mercy, Have mercy, on us.

God Be Merciful To Me
God be merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea,
Plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.
My transgressions, I confess, grief and guilt, my soul oppress.
I have sinned against thy grace, and provoked Thee to thy face
I confess Thy judgement just, speechless, I Thy mercy trust.
I am evil, born in sin, Thou desirest truth within.
Thou alone my Savior art, teach Thy wisdom to my heart.
Make me pure, Thy grace bestow, wash me whiter than the snow.
Broken, humbled to the dust, by Thy wrath and judgement just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice, and in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins, O hide Thy face, blot them out in boundless grace.
Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true.
Cast me not away from Thee, let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart.
Sinner’s then shall learn from me, and return O God, to Thee,
Savior all my guilt remove, and my tongue shall sing Thy love
Touch my silent lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall praise accord.

I Will Praise Him Still
When the morning falls on the farthest hill,
I will sing His name, I will praise Him still.
When dark trials come and my heart is filled
with the weight of doubt, I will praise Him still.
For the Lord our God, is strong to save,
from the arms of death, from the deepest grave.
And He gave us life, in His perfect will,
and by His good grace, I will praise Him still.

 Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art -
thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.
Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tow'r;
raise thou me heav'n-ward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.
High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Come Ye Sinners
Come ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love, and pow'r.

Come ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you're better,
You will never come at all.

Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome,
God's free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Ev'ry grace that brings you nigh

Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.

Chorus:
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.

Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

 

Sources

The information contained in this booklet was drawn heavily from four sources:
1. Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church by Laurence Hull Stookey
2. The Anglican Family Prayer Book by Anne E. Kitch
3. Salt of the Earth: A Christian Seasons Calendar by University Hill Congregation, Vancouver, Canada
4. A Journey Worth Considering (article) by Brandon Eggar

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