A Holy Lent

Reconnecting to the Flow of Love

Lent is the season of preparation for Easter.  We prepare to go with Jesus to the cross of Good Friday, walking in his footsteps, hearing his message of healing and wholeness and going through his passion and death to resurrection on Easter Sunday. 

We make this pilgrimage through rich and varied observances, which recognize stages on the journey and invite us into deeper engagement with the Christ mystery in our hearts and minds. 

I invite you to plan time for engage so this Lent can prepare you for resurrection in your own life. 

+Fr. David Gibbons

Lent Schedule

Tuesdays in Lent (new)

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7

6:30 pm Stations of the Cross in the Sanctuary

7 pm Soup & Study

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, April 5th

8 and 10:15am services include the Palm Procession and the Passion Gospel recalling Jesus entering Jerusalem in humble fashion. 

Holy Tuesday, April 7th

6:30 pm Stations of the Cross

Holy Wednesday, April 8th

6:30pm Taize Worship at St Michael's Church, Barrington

Maundy Thursday, April 9th

6:30pm Eucharist at St Michael's, Barrington

A service in which we celebrate Jesus' last supper with his disciples.  Just as Jesus asked them to eat bread, his body, and drink wine, his blood, to enter his life and ministry, so do we.  Just as Jesus washed his disciples' feet to ordain them into lives of service like his, so do we.  Just as Jesus went to the garden to pray with his disciples before his arrest so do we. 

The Rev. Laurie Michaels, Deacon of St Michael's will preach.  The combined choirs of St Mark's and St Michael's will lead our worship. 

Good Friday, April 10th

On this dark and dreadful day, we recall the painful passion of our Lord in which he courageously allows himself to go to suffering and death to draw back the veil on our human violence and reveal God's all-encompassing, forgiving love.  Our liturgies represent our desire to walk with Jesus in his footsteps:

12pm Good Friday Liturgy with John's Passion Gospel, solemn prayers and sermon.

7pm Good Friday Liturgy with John's Passion Gospel, solemn prayers and sermon by Rev Lisa Erdeljon, Associate Rector for Christian Education at St Michael's. The Combined choirs of St Mark's and St Michael's will lead our worship. 

Holy Saturday, April 11th

7:45pm the new Paschal candle is lit and Deacon Newt brings it into church singing of the saving acts of God in history, which are also reflected in the vigil of readings and choral music which follow.  We then celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. 

Easter Sunday, April 12st

Eucharistic celebrations of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus the Christ at 9am and 11am including festival choral music with organ, and sermon by Rev David A Gibbons, Rector of St Mark's.