The Meaning of Lent
at Christ Church
Historically, Lent is a 40-day period of Christ-centered devotion between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
The practice of Lent has been observed by Christians around the world since the early centuries of the church. It is a season of spiritual preparation in which we remember Christ's temptation, suffering, and death.
To practice Lent is to draw near, and better understand, Jesus Christ. Lent is a season of intentional discipleship under Christ, and with Christ. We also practice Lent to bond more closely with fellow Christians who are on the same journey - not only with those at Christ Episcopal Church, but also with all those around the world. Along the way, our sin and habits are put to death, and we learn to internalize and share in Christ’s resurrection power.
In the Western church, the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today, Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "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" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 265).
As is our custom here at Christ Church, during the season of Lent we will celebrate Holy Eucharist using the Rite I liturgy from our Book of Common Prayer. We will first use Rite I at the Eucharistic part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, and return to Rite II at the Easter Vigil.
Services and Gatherings
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Diocese of Maryland has instituted new protocol regarding upcoming public gatherings and services for all churches in the region. Please understand that all services and gatherings at Christ Episcopal Church are suspended until at least May 17th, 2020. If you have any questions or need other information, please email us at email@example.com
Below are some of the services and programs that will be online for you during this adjusted Lenten season. We will revise and add events as we become aware of them.
You are always welcome to join us at Christ Church - online or in person -
and we hope that you will do so often.
Every weekday between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday
The 2020 Christ Church Lenten Meditation Book contains parishioner submissions of prayers, songs, poems, and personal reflections. It also includes our favorite inspirational pieces by various writers and theologians, particularly focusing on our Spiritual Life theme for 2020 "Arise, for the task is yours... Take courage and do it." Check back each weekday, as daily meditations will be posted here on our website, and on our social media pages, throughout the Lenten season. Printed copies of our LMB are also available in the church's narthex while supplies last.
Morning and Evening Prayer
on Facebook Live
Weekdays during Lent
Throughout the Lenten season, Christ Church will stream Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services from Old Brick. Led by Father Manny, these services come from The Book of Common Prayer and include readings from scripture and beautiful collects, as well as prayers for the world, the church, and the community.
You can also follow along to each stream with a service leaflet. A link to the service's leaflet will be available in the chat window of each livestream.
These livestreams will be hosted on our Facebook page at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. each weekday, and all are welcome to join us. If you cannot tune in at the time of worship, the latest service will be on the main page of our website shortly after it ends.
***Please remember that all public services and gatherings at Christ Church are cancelled until at least May 17th; these services will be online only.
Wednesday evenings during Lent
The Spiritual Life Commission invites all to view this insightful series, which is now being streamed each week and is centered around our 2020 Theme: "Arise, for the task is yours... Take courage and do it." You can also view these any time once they are first broadcast on Wednesday evenings.
March 18th – The Right Reverend Robert W. Ilhoff (link to video)
March 25th – The Reverend Richard Ginnever
April 1st – The Reverend Emmanuel A. Mercer
This gathering will be generously presented by a different member of the clergy each week. We will broadcast our video after our Wednesday Evening Prayer service, which ends at approximately 7:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m., and conclude with an informal Eucharist. All are welcome to this unique and special gathering of fellowship, discussion, and prayer.
Sunday Eucharists and Other Services
Throughout the Lenten Season
Obviously, the global current health crisis has affected every aspect of our lives, and that goes for the religious communities, as well. Because of this, new plans for service streams from Christ Church and other Episcopal parishes are developing each day. We will provide the latest updated service information on our Facebook page, so be sure to visit there often.