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Lent through Easter Day
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Reflections on the Season of Lent 2019
by the Parish of
St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
Blessings for a holy Lent and a joyous Easter to you and your loved ones from the people of St. Catherine's!
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Thank you to all who contributed to this collection, especially:
Ellen Adams, Becky Beal, Sally Benton, Martha Bowden, Swiss Britt, John Brooks, Steve Diffley, Keith Dumke, Jason Gardiner, Jim Greene, Alison Harris, Jeff Harris, Gray Hodsdon, Tom Hunter, Bill Ivey, Julie Johnson, Lisa Johnston, Al Jones, Ellis Kilgore, Karen Kraeger, Bill Krupp, Karen Manno, Marcia Markette, Katja Michael, Pat Pepper, Chris Potter, Jan Potter, Harriett Pyburn, Hale Sanders, Randy Satterfield, Margaret Shaw, Linda Smith, Jason Snape, Lisa Spessard, Natalie Whitlow, Anne Willcocks, Stephanie Yucius
Calendar of Activities at St. Catherine's
We Welcome You
Holy Week - April 14-20 (updated schedule)
- Apr. 14 -- Palm Sunday --
- Liturgy of the Palms + Holy Eucharist 7:45 am, 8:45 am, 11:15 am
- Breakfast 8:15 am
- Christian Formation 10 am
- Apr. 15, 16, 17 -- Monday - Wednesday
- 12:00 pm - Noonday Holy Eucharist
- Mo. Sarah & Fr. Charles available to hear confession 11 am - 12 pm and 12:30 - 1 pm
- Apr.18 -- Maundy Thursday --
- 6:00 pm - Children's Maundy Thursday Experience
- 7:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Liturgy, Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, Agape Meal, Stripping of the Altar
- 9:00 pm to 9:00 am - All-night Sacred Watch prayer vigil at the Altar of Repose
- Apr. 19 -- Good Friday --
- 9:00 am - Morning Prayer to end the Sacred Watch
- 12:00 pm - Outdoor Stations of the Cross
- 7:30 pm - Good Friday Liturgy
- Apr. 20 -- Holy Saturday --
- 10:00 am - Holy Saturday Liturgy
- 7:30 pm - Great Vigil of Easter
Easter Day - April 21
- 6:30 am - Sunrise Outdoor Eucharist with Jubilate Choir (rain or shine)
- 8:00 am - Breakfast
- 8:45 am - Festival Eucharist with Choristers Choir
- Reception + Children's Easter Egg Hunt immediately following 8:45 am service, approximately 10 am (no Formation)
- 11:15 am - Festival Eucharist with Chancel Choir and brass ensemble
- Reception immediately following 11:15 service
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- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Saturday. The season of Lent spans forty days excluding Sundays, since Sundays are considered Days of the Resurrection.
- On Ash Wednesday, ashes are placed in the sign of the cross on our foreheads as a sign of our mortality and acknowledges our belief in Jesus as our Savior. At St. Catherine's the ashes are made each year by burning the palm fronds saved from Palm Sunday the previous year.
- The word Lent comes from the translation which means “spring,” or from the Old English word “lencten,” which means “lengthen” because at this time of the year in the northern hemisphere the amount of sunlight is lengthening during the day.
- Among the early Christians, the time of Lent was the forty days of preparation for Baptism which was held during the Great Easter Vigil.
- The number forty is significant in Scripture and usually symbolizes discipline, fasting, testing and separation prior to a new beginning:
- In the story of Noah it rains for forty days and nights during the Great Flood.
- Moses communed with God on Mount Sinai for forty days before receiving the Ten Commandments.
- The people of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years.
- Elijah journeyed for forty days before he reached the cave and had a vision of God.
- Jesus fasted for forty days in the wilderness.
- There are forty days between Easter Sunday and the Feast of the Ascension, when Jesus ascends to heaven.
- The colors of the seasons:
- Purple is the traditional liturgical color of Lent which symbolizes repentance, royalty and self discipline.
- Black is the color of mourning and is used on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
- Red is used on Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday which signifies Christ's passionate love for humanity.
- White is the color of Easter, symbolizing joy and celebration of Christ’s resurrection.