How to Observe a Holy Lent during a Pandemic.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, 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. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.” (BCP, page 265)
This year, 2021, our traditional observances of Ash Wednesday and Lent look and feel a great deal different than previous years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic gives us an opportunity to reflect on our dependence upon God and invites each of us to go deeper into our relationship with God even if it is from a distance.
Father David, our Rector, offers a few recommendations you might consider for keeping a holy Lent in 2021. These ideas may be practiced alone or with immediate family members.
Please consider joining us for Morning and Evening Prayer, Tuesday through Friday, on Facebook Live at 8:00AM and 5:00PM.
Father David is also available on Zoom to meet with you one on one for spiritual direction and/or to hear your confession using the Rite of Reconciliation found in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.
Please keep watch in the Weekly E-Blast for additional opportunities that our church plans to offer this Lenten season.
Seven Weeks for Water: Reflections on the Meaning of Living Water
Lenten Meditations from Episcopal Relief & Development
Bishop’s Annual Lenten Book Study with Compline, Sundays, Feb. 21 – March 28 (Palm Sunday), 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Enrich your Lenten season with Bishop Brown and other Episcopalians from across the diocese with a book study, via Zoom, from your own living room (or wherever you may be at that moment). No special applications are necessary — just a computer or mobile device. If you need assistance with Zoom or have any questions, please give the diocese a call. There will be a moderator during each study session who will also be able to assist you and keep the study running smoothly.
The book for study is Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. Click here to learn more about this book.
To register for the book study and compline, please click here. Once registered, you will receive confirmation and a link from Zoom that will enable you to join the study. The same link will be used each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Smith at the Mission Support Office of the Episcopal Church in Delaware, 302 256-0374.
If you are able to join us, we hope that this will be a meaningful discipline as part of your Lenten practice this year.