2019 Lent at St. John's

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras. Join us at 6:30 on Tuesday night, March 5. Evening prayer followed by New Orleans style Mardi Gras dinner. The evening concludes with a service of prayer and burning palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Bring last year’s palms.


Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday. Lent begins with the traditional imposition of ashes on Wednesday, March 6. We will hold three masses, at 7:00am, 12:00pm and 7:00pm. Ashes to Go will be available in the plaza all day between those services.

Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.

Instructed Eucharist: Saturday, March 30, 10am. Find out more about the elements of our liturgy with an opportunity to ask questions. A light breakfast will be served.


Tuesday nights, March 12 - April 9, 6:30 p.m.

Evening Prayer


Wednesday nights, March 13 - April 10, 6:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross, with meditations featuring the Daughters of Jerusalem: Writings of Anglican Women on themes of Lent: Bishop Barbara Harris, Esther deWall, Flemming Rutledge, Anne Lammott, Evelyn Underhill


Sunday mornings, 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Mass, sermon series on the Prodigal Son

Postponed -- Join us in the future for other family friendly events! Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Lenten Prayers and Children’s Spirituality: Geared for children preschool through 4th grade. Lent is the season before Easter that invites us to journey with Jesus. His life, ministry and death are remembered during this season. It’s also a time to look at our own lives and draw closer to God. Join us for an interactive day of Lenten prayer and storytelling for the whole family. We will participate in and model Lenten practices that can then be done at home. Each participant will leave with materials to keep talking and praying through the 40 days of Lent at home. n partnership with St. Matthew’s, Pacific Palisades, and the Rev. Stefanie Wilson and Missy Morain. 

Saturday, March 16, 5:00 p.m.

Evensong: The Choir of St. John’s Cathedral will present Solemn Choral Evensong for the season of Lent, featuring music by Buonemani, Howells, Bridge, and Ešenvalds. The Rev. Michael S. Bell, Chaplain to Good Samaritan Hospital, will be the guest homilist. There will be complimentary valet parking starting at 4:30pm, and a warm reception following the service. All are welcome.

Sunday mornings, 9:15 a.m.

The Psalms: Songs for our lives: This Lent, the Psalms will focus our reflection during three Sunday morning Adult Education forums at 9:15 a.m. each week a different teacher will guide us as we explore Psalms as poetry in the Bible, as musical bedrock of our Anglican tradition, and in the tradition of the Jewish people. March 17: The Rev. Dr. L. William Countryman will discuss the Psalms as biblical poetry, and how they give voice to our human longings and experiences of all kinds. March 24: Our own Dr. Christopher Gravis will explore the rich tradition of psalmody in the Anglican tradition. March 31: Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, of Temple Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica will provide the perspective of the Psalms within the Jewish tradition.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Breaking Bread: A few years ago we had a community dinner program called Breaking Bread. Members of St. John's would host dinners in their homes in several geographical locations and a small group would gather to share a meal and to pray together. We are bringing Breaking Bread back for Lent and the Easter season. On two evenings, March 21 and May 9 at four different locations, you can join other folks from St. John's for a shared meal and conversation on a focused topic-- the first around a Lenten theme, the second around an Easter theme. The meal will be potluck and we ask that you sign up for a particular location with let us know what you will bring. Most seats are already gone! You can inquire at church about RSVPing.

Sunday, March 31, 12:30 p.m.

Creation Guild: Sunday, March 31st, after the 11 AM mass: God’s Green New Deal! Join Episcopalians around the globe in committing yourself to caring for God’s Holy Creation. Bishop Curry invites you to spend some time during Lent considering actions you can take to combat climate change, and to commit to those ideas by making a creation care pledge by Easter Sunday. Join us after mass to discuss ideas and strategies to help us love the earth and one another better. For more info on this Creation Care initiative, see www.episcopalchurch.org/creation-care