We have had a good beginning of our Lenten Season, but not before having had a terrific Mardi Gras celebration! We again give particular thanks to Avie Kimbell for all her hard work and exceptional chicken and sausage gumbo! We ended the evening by burning our palm branches from last Palm Sunday in preparation for these forty days of fasting, prayer, and works of mercy and justice.
On Ash Wednesday, we not only had three services to mark the day, but reached out on our plaza with "ashes to go," giving about 150 people ashes who otherwise may never have entered the cathedral.
Now, as we move to Sunday, we begin our 11 a.m. mass with one of the earliest pieces of liturgy written in English, the Great Litany. Churches across the Anglican world begin the first Sunday in Lent with this extended prayer of petition and confession. We will have a special children's event this day to teach them about Lent as well - right after they have the opportunity to see the Great Litany procession.
We were sorry to hear that Brother Dennis Gibbs is ill and will not be available to lead a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday. The work of prayer and social justice, however, is not confined to Lent, and Brother Dennis will reschedule the quiet day some time in the Easter Season. We still have other events to help us in our Lenten experience. While many of our community will take part in the Basic Episcopal Christian Formation Program, the rest of our congregation is invited to attend the other forums at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays (see the list below). On April 8th, the Saturday before Palm Sunday, we have the opportunity to see the movie, Silence, the Martin Scorsese film based on the novel by Shusaku Endo about Christianity and the clash of cultures in 17th century Japan. The film will be followed by a discussion.
Each week there are opportunities for prayer and worship. On Tuesdays, we celebrate Evening Prayer and on Wednesdays, stations of the cross and mass, at 6:30 p.m. on both week nights. We invite and encourage every member of our congregation to step away from our busyness during Lent and participate in these opportunities. Allow our Lord to work in your spirit, soul, and mind this Lent. Open your heart to the work God seeks to work in you.