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Lent 2019

Worship, Music, and Christian Formation

Dear Friends in Christ,

The Book of Common Prayer calls us 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” (BCP, p. 265). We invite and encourage you, therefore, to consider making these opportunities for worship, Christian formation, and fellowship part of your Lenten practice. We look forward to walking the Lenten journey alongside you.

The Clergy of Christ Church

Ash Wednesday Liturgies
Wednesday, March 6, in the Church
The Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 6:00 p.m. The 6:00 p.m. liturgy will include Gregorio Allegri’s haunting setting of Psalm 51, Miserere mei, Deus, sung by the full choir. Nursery care will be available from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Lenten Homily Series for Children
Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31, and April 7
This Lent, at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist, the parish clergy will offer a five-part homily series entitled Packing our suitcases: What we put away during Lent and why. As part of our collective Lenten discipline, children will join the clergy in “packing away” one element of daily or liturgical life each Sunday. NOTE: The Lenten Homily Series will take place in the Chapel of Saint Jude. Parents and other adults will remain in the nave for a traditional homily.

Choral Evensong
Sundays, March 17 and 31, and April 7, at 5:00 p.m., in the Church
The distinctly Anglican service of Choral Evensong, derived from the ancient monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, is sung by the Choir of Christ Church on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month, October through May.

Lenten Youth Choir Opportunity
The Youth Choir will once again provide musical leadership at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday, March 24. All children and youth who read at a first grade (or above) level are invited to participate. A simple supper and rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Weekday Services
This Lent, there will be a simple celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Monday - Friday, at 7:30 a.m. Please note that this liturgy will take the place of both daily Morning Prayer and the Service of Healing and Holy Eucharist normally held each Friday, at 12:10 p.m. Public recitation of the Daily Office will occur at 12:00 noon (Noonday Prayer) and 5:30 p.m. (Evening Prayer), Monday - Friday, as usual. Morning Prayer on Saturday has been suspended. All weekday services are held in the Chapel of Saint Jude.

Reconciliation of a Penitent
The sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, is especially appropriate during the season of Lent. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact a member of the clergy.

Lenten Quiet Morning with Kathleen Staudt:
Called as we are
Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Saint Jude
During the season of Lent, Christians are invited to enter into a period of self-examination, a phrase that, for many, sounds like an invitation to self-criticism or even self-improvement. Spiritual writer Kathleen Cahalan reminds us that God calls us as we are. Using poetry, prose, and song, this time of quiet, co-sponsored by the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, will serve as an opportunity for grace-filled and honest reflection on the Divine invitations of our lives. The Quiet Morning will conclude with a simple celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Lenten All-In:
An Introduction to the Stations of the Cross
Sunday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m., in the Parish Hall Auditorium
All Sunday School students and Youth Group members, their families, and parishioners of all ages are invited to join us for an experiential and interactive introduction to the Stations of the Cross, an ancient devotion which recalls a series of events at the end of Jesus’ life — from his condemnation to his burial. The All-In is intended to help parishioners enter more deeply into the journey through the penitential season of Lent, the drama of Holy Week, and the joy of Easter.

Tuesday Evening Lenten Program:
A History of Christianity: The Role Women Played
Tuesdays, March 12 and 26; April 2 and 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., in Keith Hall
Join us for four evenings of adult fellowship and learning, led by Hannah W. Matis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary, a specialist in early medieval history and biblical interpretation, and the history of Christianity. A simple supper of soup, salad, and bread will be served.

March 12: Early Christianity and Late Antiquity
A look at the women martyrs and saints who spread the new faith throughout the Roman Empire.

March 26: The Middle Ages
A look at some of the most well-known women religious leaders of the Middle Ages. How did they express their faith and religious experience? What roles did they play in their communities? What kind of opposition did they face?

April 2: The Reformation
A look at the many women of the late medieval period who participated in religious life while deliberately staying outside the walls of a monastery. What happened to the religious life of women during the Reformation? How did “Catholic” and “Protestant” identities come to be defined?

April 9: Women in the Anglican Tradition
A look at some of the most widely-known women of the Anglican tradition. What are the very particular roles women have played - from the early modern world to the present day?

Choral Evensong continues

Sunday, March 17, 5:00 p.m.

The next service of Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday, March 17, at 5:00 p.m. The liturgy will feature works by Orlando Gibbons and William Mundy, as well as plainsong. Choral Evensong will continue on first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month through May. A reception follows each service. Christ Church is one of a very few parishes in the U.S. to offer this beautiful, quintessentially Anglican liturgy with such frequency. Please plan to join us.


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