Lent is the season between Ash Wednesday and Easter and is a special season of preparation for Easter. Many people observe Lent by undertaking special programs of study; many practice self-denial. The purpose of Lent is not self-punishment but preparation for Easter through concentration on fundamental values and priorities. As we experience the season of Lent St. Andrew’s invites everyone to join us in any or all of the following events.
Please join Fr. Tom to discuss the previous week’s daily meditations of the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist www.SSJE.org/time.
Lenten Series ‘Exploration of the Gospels’ Wed. March 4, 11, 18, & 25th 7:00pm
Deacon John Roper will be leading an exploration of the Gospels this Lenten season. He will be discussing how each Gospel gives a different portrait of Jesus. This will include the background of the author, how they were written and who they were written for. How the Roman, Greek and Jewish cultures and languages influenced the writings. Participates will have a chance to reflect on the scriptures. Please bring a Bible and join him in the Large Classroom. Fr. Tom urges everyone to take part – you will be amazed! Go and see why Fr. Tom says – “you will be amazed!”
St. John’s, Wichita, Lenten Luncheon & Speaker Series Feb. 25-March 25 Weds, Noon
Lunch will be available in the library following the service. A $5 donation is requested. Speakers will continue an informal conversation with a question-and-answer time after lunch. 402 N. Topeka, Wichita. www.stjohnswichita.org
Speakers for the 44th Annual Lenten Luncheon Series:
February 25 The Reverend Dr. Mary J. Korte, Rector, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 4 The Reverend Andrew O’Connor, Rector, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 11 The Reverend C. Earl Mahan, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 18 The Reverend Dawn Frankfurt, Rector, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 25 The Very Reverend Tom Wilson, Rector, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Derby, Kansas
As the season of Lent comes to a close we look to Holy Week. Holy Week is the week before Easter, in which the events in the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry are remembered. St. Andrew’s invites everyone to join us in any or all of the following events.
The last Sunday in Lent and the day on which Holy Week begins. The day commemorates Jesus’ triumphant procession into Jerusalem and is marked by a blessing of palms and a procession, usually with the signing of the hymn “All gory, laud and honor to thee, Redeemer King’. The day is also marked by the reading of the passion Gospel from Matthew, Mark or Luke. Please join our joyous procession. Attending Holy Week services will help us to experience the impact of Easter Day.
One of the special services associated with Holy Week, Tenebrae (Latin word “darkness” or “shadows”) on Wednesday night involves the gradual darkening of the church by progressive extinguishing of candles while Psalms and biblical texts are being read. The building is finally in total darkness when a loud noise (recalling the earthquake during Christ’s passion) is made and the last candle is brought back, lighted. The congregation leaves by its light.
Service in which the church remembers Christ’s institution of the Eucharist. Maundy means “new commandment”; the Gospel associated with this day is of Jesus’ saying to his disciples, “I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.” The Stripping of the Altar leaves the altar bare, and crosses are covered. It reminds us that the Eucharist is not celebrated until the Easter Vigil; in remembrance of our Lord’s passion, the church’s observance of the sign of his resurrections is suspended. The Gethsemane Watch is a prayer vigil representing the time Jesus spent in the garden of Gethsemane the night before he was to be crucified. Participants sign up to spend an hour in prayer. “Could you not keep awake one hour?” were the words of Jesus in reproach to his followers in the first Gethsemane.
Friday before Easter, on which we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. No Eucharist is celebrated, Communion may be part of the Good Friday liturgy, but it is administered from the reserved sacrament. Stations of the Cross are a series of fourteen pictures depicting incidents in the narrative of Christ’s passion, from Pilate’s house to the entombment. They are used in conjunction with the devotional service The Way of the Cross in which the stations are visited in turn, with a pause for a reading, a versicle and response, a collect, and meditation.
Easter is the day the church celebrates the feast of Christ’s resurrection, and is the oldest and greatest feast in the church year and the central day on the liturgical calendar. Every Sunday is a “little Easter,” since every Sunday is a Feast of the Resurrection. It is the culmination of Holy Week, with its special services recalling the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Easter Day begins the Easter season, which runs for fifty days until the Feast of Pentecost. We will have 1 service this year to allow everyone the opportunity to watch the egg hunt.