An event every week that begins at 9:15am on Sunday, repeating until April 9, 2017
Sundays during Lent
Next week Christians throughout the world mark the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. The faithful will be 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” – The Book of Common Prayer, 265. The proper liturgy for Ash Wednesday will be offered at St. Paul’s at noon and 6:30pm.
So, too, begins a course of preparation we call Rites of Renewal. This is a six week period of study, reflection, and prayer in preparation for the public re/affirmation of faith made before the bishop at the Great Vigil of Easter (April 15th).
So, what exactly are the Rites of Renewal? For some, this affirmation of faith may be through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. For those who have already been baptized (in any Christian tradition), this affirmation of faith may be through the sacrament of Confirmation. And those who have already been baptized and confirmed, but have not yet become members of the Episcopal Church, would be received into the fellowship of this Communion. And for those who have already been baptized and confirmed, and are already members of the Episcopal Church, this affirmation of faith is simply called reaffirmation.
We will go into more detail about the similarities and differences between these rites, but, in short, this is an opportunity for you to grow spiritually and respond to God’s invitation of grace.
Rites of Renewal is led by the Rector (that’s me) and meets in the library from 9:15 – 10:15 during the Sundays of Lent. Depending on the size of the group, there may also be the opportunity for some mid-week meet ups for further discussion. While I am always willing to accommodate challenging schedules, I would strongly encourage you to make these Sundays leading up to Easter a priority.
And finally, following an ancient tradition of the Church, we will doing something called “enrolling the catechumens” during the service on The First Sunday of Lent – March 5th. Catechumen is the Latin name for someone preparing to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism, and the catechumenate is the course of preparation. We will be praying, by name, for those who will be baptized, confirmed, received, or reaffirmed – and we walk beside you as your community of faith.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to walking this path with you. Grace & peace,
The Rev’d Bradley J. Landry