We will soon be entering into a 40-day period of preparation for the Easter celebration, the sacred season of Lent. Lent is an intentional journey that we take as a church community – a journey of reflection, prayer, repentance and acts of mercy. It is a season where we agree to befriend the fact that all is not well with our soul. This is why we devote attention to the discipline of self-examination during Lent.
The Episcopal/Anglican tradition offers rich resources to do all this in our worship during Lent. These varied practices are an opportunity to adopt a new rhythm of life, preparing our hearts for the great drama and joy of Holy Week and Easter. A shift in liturgical tone contributes to the spiritual formation of your congregation in a unique way.
The contemporary nature of this liturgy is refected in the words and also in the Order of Service. Notice that the lessons begin with a heading that says, merely “Scripture,” which allows for liturgy planners to assign the number of readings from the lectionary as is appropriate.