“Lent is a time to renew wherever we are in that process that I call the divine therapy. It’s a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are.” - Thomas Keating
The season of Epiphany is nearly complete and Lent will soon be upon us. The last Sunday after the Epiphany (the Sunday coming) typically includes the transfiguration story from one of the Gospels. Then, Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as "Fat Tuesday," is our last hurrah before Lent properly begins on Ash Wednesday. The service on Ash Wednesday is solemn, but serves as an invitation into a time of penitence and fasting, of self-examination and repentance.
The forty days of Lent excludes Sundays, as they remain a remembrance of the resurrection. Still, our Sunday liturgy is reshaped to acknowledge the season. Most notably, we forgo all "Alleluias." Some take the Sunday celebration as a reprieve from their Lenten disciplines, although some choose to maintain their disciplines all the same. Either way, I hope you will consider committing to something that will add meaning to this sacred season for you.
In addition to the changes to our liturgy, our formation committee has plans for the season. "The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations" will be featured on Sunday mornings at 9:00 as well as Wednesday evenings. This will also be available online. The Godly Play lessons will also take a Lenten theme with some activities to take home. I hope that you will make a commitment to participate in these offerings even if you have not in the past.