Lent at Emmanuel 2021
Lent, the 40 day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, began as a period of preparation for “catechumens,” those persons seeking baptism into Christ at the Great Vigil of Easter. Quite soon, long-term parishioners began wishing they could also receive the benefits of this group practice, and this season expanded into a time for all Christians. We begin it together on Ash Wednesday, February 17th this year, with briefer in-person liturgies of the day at 8am or 6pm for which RSVP is required, a drop-in opportunity for prayers and contactless imposition of ashes between 12-1pm (in the Great Hall due to extreme cold) and a Zoom service at 5:15 pm.
As usual, we are also offering a seasonal, shared guidebook for our parish community, but this year with a twist. Some Episcopalians have joked that Lent 2020 seemingly never ended, but just kept on going month after month. It does feel as if the solitude, self-denial, and giving up that can characterize Lenten observance have been imposed on us for a long time, and because of this Emmanuel is proposing a radically simplified tool for our home Lenten observance this year.
Available as a brief booklet and also running on social media, our Lenten Micropractices will offer simple and accessible ways to enter into the season of Lent, with a collect, a scripture from the lectionary, and a micropractice to use week by week. Low on text and high on gentle course corrections, this way of living Lent will focus on helping us connect us to each other and to God -- without amplifying the sense of loss many of us already feel. Download your copy below.