Practicing a Holy Lent

“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.” (Liturgy for Ash Wednesday, BCP p. 265)

But how can you observe a Holy Lent? Start by spending time in quiet to listen to what your soul is telling you – about its places of sorrow and joy, about its fears and dreams, about its deepest yearnings. Then explore ways to tend to your soul – to feed it, to comfort it, to give it space to dream. Join us in this holy and life-giving work!

Services at Church:

  • Sunday morning services at 9:00 and 11:00 am
  • Compline (night prayer) by candlelight: Sunday nights in March, at 8:00 pm
  • Contemplative Prayer service: Tuesday evenings at 5:30 in the Chapel

Going Deeper: Drawing on the ancient practice of setting aside Lent as a period of study and preparation for living as a Christian disciple, St. John’s offers several options for you to go deeper in your spiritual journey this Lent.

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  • Sunday Forums in Lent – Sunday mornings at 10:00 in the Chapel of the Carpenter (entrance on Potomac Street) on the level below the church. Explore spirituality and faith with the book, Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr. Led by Carol and Leigh Seaver, these discussions are sure to be lively and fascinating. Come to one, or to them all! If you don’t already have it, you can get the audio or Kindle book here, or buy the it at church on Sunday.
  • A Quiet Day for Lent – Join our Rector Gini on Saturday, April 6th for “Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent,” a Quiet Day designed to introduce you to the seven ancient spiritual practices that make up “The Way of Love.” This quiet day encourages participants to reflect on salvation history; walk toward the empty tomb; and embrace the transforming reality of love, life, and liberation. As we stand with the women at the empty tomb, we hear God’s call to go and live that transformed reality. The quiet day will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. John’s. Click here to register.
  • The Irreverends Podcast – Our Rector’s weekly 30-minute podcast – cohosted by the Rev. Timothy Watt – exploring the Bible readings for the coming Sunday with just the right touch of humor. Each week includes a segment of Lectio Divina (sacred reading), and blessings or prayers that reflect our modern lives.  You can listen from the website or subscribe on iTunes or on Google Play.