Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter
One of my flight students is just finishing up preparation for his commercial pilot check ride. That check ride with the FAA is a really big moment for him, because his life’s desire is to fly for the airlines. Before that happens, however, he’s got some work to do, which is where I come in (cue maniacal laughter). He’ll do it gladly, though, because nothing in flying beats the joy of being well prepared for that moment.
The fact is, preparing for anything meaningful takes effort.
We are on the cusp of one of the most important times of preparation in the Christian year: Lent. A season of preparation for the most joyous of celebrations: the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter morning.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6th. We will gather at The Studio that evening at 7. The ashes from last year’s dried-and-burned Palm Sunday palms will be imposed on our foreheads to remind us that is from dust we came and to dust we shall return. No getting around that reality.
Contrary to some popular perception, the purpose of Lent is not punishment. Jesus took all of that on the cross. We don’t participate in Lent because we must. No one can (or should) make you observe Lent. You don’t get extra points with God. Lent isn’t even about becoming a better person. That isn’t in our control, and only pride allows us to believe otherwise. No, Lent is about laying down some of our defenses and giving ourselves an opportunity to be formed—or prepared—by God.
Many people give up something meaningful during the season of Lent. Many also add something meaningful. Lauren and I are going to add a daily devotional called Lent with the Desert Fathers. You ought to consider it, too. You can buy it on Amazon here.
We’ll sharpen our Lenten preparation by observing The Stations of the Cross every Thursday, 7PM at the Pip Moyer Center in Annapolis.
We’ll then observe the Easter Triduum—Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil—at the Studio during Holy Week.
Then, we’ll gather on Easter Sunday morning to celebrate the miracle that changed everything: the resurrection of Jesus.
I don’t guarantee much, but this I can…prepare yourself well, and you will experience the joy of Resurrection as you never have.
See you Sunday.
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Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study and is followed by dinner. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Smart Club: Homework help for Elementary and Middle School students, every Tuesday at the Stanton Center 4:00-5:00pm. email@example.com.
Chapel at the Lutheran Mission: A spiritual community for those who serve or receive help from the Lutheran Mission. Every Wednesday at 10am. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland March for Life: March 4th, 4:30-9:30pm. Starts at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Duke of Gloucester St.
Ash Wednesday: 7:00pm March 6th, 98 Edgewood Avenue.
Stations of the Cross: Every Thursday in Lent. Begins March 7th at the Pip Moyer Center. email@example.com.
Adult Confirmation Class: Begins Sunday March 10th at 8:45am.
Second Sunday Sandwiches: March 10th
Third Friday Bingo: March 15th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Week: April 18-20. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil.