Observing Lent


Observing Lent

Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras Carnival & Burying of the Alleluias. Enjoy a pancake dinner Tuesday, February 13 in the Haywood Duke Room at 5 p.m., followed by the Mardi Gras Carnival at 5:30 p.m. This exciting celebration includes a procession outside to bury our “alleluias” for the season of Lent at 6:15 p.m. Dinner is $7 per person ($20 family cap). 

No Wednesday Night Activities in Observance of Ash Wednesday. There will be no Wednesday Night Supper or other Wednesday night activities, except Chancel choir practice, on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Please join us for the Shrove Tuesday supper and celebration on February 13 (see announcement above).

Ash Wednesday Services: This somber service prepares us to observe a holy Lent with the Imposition of Ashes followed by a laying on of hands and blessing. Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. in the church, and at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 901 E. Friendly Avenue. 


The Book of Common Prayer invites 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.” The season of Lent is February 14–April 1. Holy Week is March 25–April 1. For a schedule of Holy Week worship services, see page three of the Christian Formation Brochure.

Lenten Weekday Worship. Beginning February 20, we will celebrate Holy Eucharist with Healing on Tuesdays and Lenten Reflection on Thursdays, both at 5:30 p.m., in All Saints Chapel. Regular Wednesday night Stillpoint services at 5:30 p.m. will continue.

Lenten Meditation & Study

SLS: Contemplative Prayer: Wednesdays at noon in the Fisher House Upper Room

A devotional booklet, “Living Well Through Lent 2018: Loving With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind,” is available in the narthex and communication stations.

Lenten Music Series: Holy Trinity will offer a Lenten Music Series on Wednesdays from 12:15–12:45 p.m. in the church from February 21–March 28. These Lenten musical meditations are designed to enrich your personal experience during Lent, providing a time for you to leave the busyness of your day and hear some beautiful music. The free programs will feature musicians of Holy Trinity and include music of J. S. Bach, Rachmaninoff,  Franck, Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy. 

The Way of the Cross: Children and parents will join the Rev. Nathan Finnin and Marjorie Donnelly for a “child friendly” stations of the cross and explanation. Wednesday, March 21, 6–6:45 p.m., Church

Holy Week Labyrinth Walks: During this solemn week, experience the labyrinth’s sacred pattern and path. As you symbolically make the walk with Christ to Jerusalem, use the labyrinth as a tool for prayer. A Holy Week reflection facilitated by one of the labyrinth keepers will precede each walk. Attend any or all of these walks. Bring a journal if desired. Weather permitting. Monday–Thursday, March 26–29, 12:15–1 p.m. and Good Friday, March 30, 11–11:45.

Join us for Our Episcopal Church Women Lenten Retreat: Angels In Our Midst with Anne Neilson. Join us for a women’s weekend of inspiration, fellowship, and spiritual renewal this Lent. Anne Neilson is a nationally acclaimed artist, gallery owner, wife and mother, from Charlotte, North Carolina. During the retreat, she will share her spiritual journey and invite us into creative reflection on God’s presence in our own lives. Neilson is well known for the paintings in her ethereal Angel Series and her beautiful books: Angels In Our Midst; Strokes of Compassion; and Angels: The Collector’s Edition. She paints with both passion and purpose and is actively engaged in giving back to those less fortunate with proceeds from her art. February 23 - February 24, 2018 at Holy Trinity. Friday from 6 pm–9 pm, Saturday from 8:45 am–1 pm. Cost $65 (includes Dinner, Lunch, and Retreat Materials). Register here.