"The purpose of Lent is not to force on us a few formal obligations, but to 'soften' our heart so that it may open itself to the realities of the spirit, to experience the hidden 'thirst and hunger' for communion with God." - Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent

Lent originated as a time of preparation for Easter, spanning 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. The focus of the season is repentance - a turning of our hearts, minds, and actions from ourselves to God. The Sundays in Lent are in the season but not of it and are celebrated as "feast" days, traditionally days on which Lenten fasts are broken as we gather together for worship and to celebrate Christ's resurrection.

Purple, the color of Lent, signifies penitence and humility and is meant to remind us of humanity's suffering under sin and of Christ's suffering on the cross- the color of a bruise. Purple is also the color of royalty and anticipates the coming glory of Christ's resurrection on Easter.

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Maundy Thursday

The word "Maundy" comes from a Latin word "mandatum" that means "command." On this day in human history Jesus said to his disciples: "A new command I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another." Jesus said this immediately after having showed them how they were to love... by washing their feet. It was also on this day that the Lord instituted the Eucharist meal by celebrating the Passover with his disciples and using it as a sign of what he would do on the next day, on Good Friday. Please join us as we participate in those same two acts - washing one another's feet and celebrating the Lord's Supper together.

Good Friday

On the Friday prior to Easter, Good Friday, the Church traditionally marks the crucifixion, suffering, death, and burial of Jesus. Services on this day are a time of both somber reflection as well as preparation for the celebration of Easter morning. At All Saints, our service includes a dramatic reading of the passion narrative from the gospel of John, a brief homily, and a time of prayer. The congregation leaves in darkness and silence. Although Good Friday is marked by sadness and mourning, it is not without joy. We hope that those who gather on Friday and leave in darkness will return on Sunday in the light of the celebration of Easter and the resurrection.

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Digital Daily Worship Guide for Lent

*Audio recordings in the digital guide are provided as a resource for individual and home use. Embedded audio for "God Be in My Head" from I Need Thee Every Hour by Claire Holley. All other audio from live worship recordings at All Saints.*