Friends, we are nearing a full year of social distancing, mask wearing, staying home, video chats, and all the rest. In a way, it feels like Lent 2020 continues into 2021 as our lives remain somewhat simpler and pared down, as we become more and more mindful of the fragility of life and of our own humility, and as we see with greater clarity what’s most important. Though we wouldn’t have chosen this road if we’d had a choice, and we may certainly be weary of it, I pray that as we enter Lent this year we will surrender to it just a little more. Lent always provides an opportunity for us to make room in our hearts and minds for God’s still, small voice and say, “Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.”

May this be a time of preparation for beautiful things to grow in those tired and cracked places we think must surely be barren. May we have fresh eyes to see that God is always making all things new.

Blessings,
Catherine Montgomery
Director of Family Ministries

Ashes At Home

In addition to these in-person opportunities to receive ashes at Christ Church, we offer this Ashes at Home video to watch as a household when most convenient for you. The video includes prayers, readings, a homily from our clergy, music, and a time for households to pause the video and impose ashes on one another. Small pots of ashes are now available for pick up in the church office (while supplies last).

Resources for observing a Holy Lent at home:

Anchors for the Soul: Creating a Rule of Life during Lent (from 2018 CEC Lenten Series)
Anchors for the soul – Children’s Guide
Anchors for the soul – Adult Guide

Illustrated Children’s Ministry Lenten Family Devotional (available to Christ Church families upon request)

Grow Christians Lenten Reading List

Ideas for Spiritual Practices to adopt during Lent

  • Weekly worship (whether online or in person) and formation
  • Pray the Examen daily: A traditionally Jesuit (Ignatian) spiritual practice adapted for use with children.  At the end of the day, reflect together on where you were and what you did. Where did you feel the presence of God? Where did God feel absent? When did you share God’s love? When did you choose not to be loving? Ask and receive God’s forgiveness and express gratitude for the day that has ended, and ask for God’s guidance for the next day.
  • Prayer walk: Daily or once a week, walk to a designated spot together, talking about all the things you are both grateful for and concerned about. Make the return trip in silence, listening for God’s direction, comfort, or peace over the things you have mentioned aloud. When you arrive back at home, share what you heard or discovered, and how you feel.

Holy Week is March 28 (Palm Sunday) – April 4 (Easter)

Stay tuned for Holy Week at-home resources and in-person programs at Christ Church