Dear People of God:
Book Prayer, pages 264-265
The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
How will you take a new step in your spiritual journey this Lent? Would you consider joining one of the existing Cornerstone Groups and studying our Stations booklet that considers the Sunday scriptures this Lent? Check out those groups online or see the list in the back of each Sunday bulletin.
The Rectory is now undergoing “demo” in preparation for the work to be done this spring and summer. Here is a picture.
Perhaps this project is a metaphor for our Lenten “self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial”. You and I are a spiritual work in progress. This is the moment each year when we are encouraged to rid our lives of all that holds us back. The Holy Spirit will then rebuild us.
“If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation: the old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17