Lent: a 40-day Fast
Lent is a 40-day journey from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday -- the ultimate challenge Jesus posed to the world and the world's response.
It is thus a time for all of us to take a look into the depth of our souls and to find there a deeper enbrace of sacred grace at the heart of life. This all sets the stage for the Easter story: resurrection to life beyond life.
The 40 days of Lent include only six days a week, excluding Sundays, because it was originally practised as a fast. Sundays were excluded from the fast because it is the Lord's Day. Today, there are different ways to observe Lent. At Roberson-Wesley, this includes the following.
2017 Mar 01, 7:00 pm
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Please join us for a time of reflection, worship and ritual.
Its roots lie in the ancient Jewish festival of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Atonement means "at-one-ment." If we are to be at one with God, with creation, with each other, we must face honestly who we are, make our confession, and open ourselves to the supportive power of God and our faith community in the Lenten struggle for new life. So Ash Wednesday is a day of honest confession, commitment and healing.
The centre of Christian faith is the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. Consequently the celebrations of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and concluding with Easter Sunday are the central worship event of the Christian Year.
Of this week, the 72 hour period from Maundy Thursday evening through to Easter Sunday evening is the most significant. Known as the Triduum, these three days are not so much a period in which we celebrate a series of disconnected worship services; rather, the Maundy Thursday service, the Good Friday service, the Sunrise Service and the Easter Sunday service are joined together as one long worship time during which we go home for rest breaks. Together, the services of Holy Week are a journey with Jesus in his last week. As we come together in prayer and reflection from Maundy Thursday through to Easter Sunday, may these three days be a time of both reflection and renewal for us all.
2017 Apr 9, (Sunday) 10:30 am
This service marks the beginning of Holy Week with the exuberant palm processional, recalling Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In contrast to the joyful opening mood, the service moves toward a more sombre ending, leading into the passion (suffering) mood of Holy Week. The journey to the cross and the empty tomb has begun.
Holy Week Spiritual Practices
2017 Apr 9, (Sunday) 7:00 pm
Meditative prayerful practices
We will begin Holy Week on the eve of Palm Sunday by inviting people to come and engage in some silent spiritual prayerful practices. Please feel to come any time during the posted hours. This is a self guided practice that will provide you with a space to reconnect with God, a space that will nourish and calm your spirit. There will be a variety of stations set up in Memorial Hall with instructions indicating what you can do. Some examples of the stations are a Labyrinth Walk, Meditation on images, sculpting scriptures, writing a letter to God just to name a few.