Tag Archives: Lent

Maundy Thursday

Many customs have marked the Thursday of Holy Week over the centuries. Originally no Holy Communion was celebrated during the week before Easter, but by the end of the fourth century some areas were holding a celebration on Thursday and … Continue reading

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The Fifth Sunday of Lent: Year A

Freed from the tomb of sinfulness Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45 Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and raised them … Continue reading

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Year A

Mud and Oil, Light and Understanding 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-14 Come, Spirit of blessing, anoint me with your oil of promise. Do not look upon my appearance, but look at my heart, and choose me … Continue reading

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The Third Sunday in Lent: Year A

Baptismal waters Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in … Continue reading

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The Second Sunday in Lent: Year A

Conversion Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17 Since baptism and Lent are all about conversion, the themes for the five Sundays of Lent also provide us with a process of “conversion therapy,” a term used by Aidan … Continue reading

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The First Sunday in Lent: Year A

Renunciation Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 During Lent in Year A, the readings provide a primer in Christianity as outlined in Paul’s letters to the Romans and Ephesians. These epistle readings pick up the theme from … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday: Prepare

Lent begins in ashes. On Ash Wednesday we are reminded of our mortality and sin. It is not a time fro groveling; rather, it is a time for reality, for genuine humility, for repentance and forgiveness and renewed commitment to … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday: Fast, Pray, Act

We are but dust Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 OR Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 103 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Vestiges of the early church’s experience of public penance still exist in the ceremony … Continue reading

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Lent 2: Year C

Relationships Genesis 15:1-2, 17-18 Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Lent is a time to prepare for the renewal of Baptismal Vows. Today’s readings specifically address commitments to our faith. In the service of Holy Baptism (BCP 303), … Continue reading

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Lent 1: Year C

Temptation Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13 On this first Sunday of Lent we read of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us that Jesus was intentionally led into the desert, where he … Continue reading

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