This webpage is designed both to
introduce you to the season of Lent and the services that are a part of it, and give King
of Peace's Lenten schedule for 2010. A complete King of Peace schedule of events is found at the calendar page.
A booklet of the information on this page
(without King of Peace's service days and times) is available at
What is Lent?
Lent is a season of preparation leading up to Easter. It is the forty days
plus the six Sundays before Easter. For centuries, it has been observed as a special time
of self examination and penitence. Lent is a time for concentration on fundamental values
and priorities, and is not a time for self punishment.
If you have found yourself away from church and wondered about it another try, Lent is
the perfect time. For centuries, Lent has offered a chance to try the fellowship of the
church one more time. In fact, Lent developed as a way to receive people back into church.
If you are questioning your own faith and wondering what you believe, this could be the
perfect time to come back to church.
Throughout Lent, the worship services of the church take on a simpler tone, appropriate
to this season. Crosses showing the risen Christ are
veiled. The word "Alleluia" is not used in the words of the liturgy or hymns.
These practices help the worshipping community to mark this season of renewal as a special
time in the church year.
The custom is to mark the season of Lent by giving up some things and
taking on others. Both can serve to mark the season as a holy time of preparation. Some
examples of things people give up for Lent include sweets, meat for all or some meals, and
alcohol. In most cases, giving up something for Lent can be made more meaningful by using
the money or time for another purpose. For example, meal times on fast days could be spent
in prayer. Another example is that if you give up meat during Lent, the extra money that
would go to meat dishes can be given to a group, such as World Vision, which works to end
hunger worldwide. Some things added during Lent are daily Bible reading, fasting on
Fridays, times of prayer, taking a course of study related in some way to spirituality.
Note that the season of Lent is forty days plus the six Sundays. This is because
Sundays are celebrations of Jesus resurrection and are always an appropriate day to
lessen the restrictions of Lent. So that if you have, for example, given up chocolate for
Lent, you could indulge in a weekly candy bar on Sunday.
Lent is also an especially appropriate time for the sacrament of confession. While
confession to a priest is not required to receive Gods forgiveness, it can be a
meaningful rite of reconciliation to God.
Special Days and Services
This is actually the day before Lent begins. The day is named for the "shriving"
or confessing that was traditional on this day before beginning Lent. This day is also
known as Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," because it was a time for eating the
things from which one would abstain during Lent. Pancake suppers are traditional as they
were a way of using up some of the ingredients not needed during Lent. King of Peace will
have a pancake supper on February 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
first day of Lent is marked with a special liturgy. The theme for the day,
though not for all of Lent, is that we stand as sinners condemned to die,
but for Godís grace. This is symbolized by the imposition of ashes on the
forehead, with the words, "You are dust and to dust you shall return." In
the Old Testament, ashes were a sign of penitence (feeling regretful at
offenses) and mourning. We will host the Ash Wednesday
service (on February 17, 2010) at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the hospital and a second joint service
with St. Mark's, Woodbine will be held
at King of Peace at 7 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is one of two days of special observance (the other being Good Friday)
for which fasting is recommended. While this usually refers going without food for the
entire day, this practice is not practical for all persons, including, but not limited to,
diabetics. Use your own discretion in determining how you can best observe this day.
Stations of the Cross
These are depictions of 14 incidents in the Gospel accounts of Jesus death from
Pilates house to being placed in the tomb. They are used for the service called the
Way of the Cross, which visits each station in turn with a brief reading, response,
collect and on some occasions, a meditation. This is particularly appropriate for Good
Friday and all Fridays in Lent. King of Peace will hold a stations of the cross service
each Friday in Lent at 5:30 p.m. We also have an online version of our Stations
of the Cross.
The fourth Sunday of Lent has long been observed as a day for completely
relaxing the disciplines of Lent. It is also known as Mothering Sunday as
this was the first Motherís Day and a traditional time for remembering your
mother. Refreshment Sunday falls on March 14 this year.
This Sunday before Easter is the last Sunday in Lent. The day commemorates
Jesusí triumphal entry into Jerusalem with a blessing of palms and a
procession in which the whole congregation carries palms. The day is also
marked by reading the story of Jesusí passion (the word used to describe
Jesusí death comes from "suffering," which is one old meaning of passion).
Some of the Palm Sunday palms are kept and used to make the Ash Wednesday
ashes for the next year. King of Peace will hold its Palm Sunday services at
8:30 and 10 a.m. on March 28.
This is the Thursday in Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter). The day is a time for
remembering The Last Supper. The name comes from the Latin word "Maundatum" for
"commandment" as Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment; that you love
one another." This is marked at King of Peace with footwashing as an
optional part of the worship service for those who wish to follow Jesus'
At the conclusion of this service, altars are stripped of any
ornamentation and crosses are removed or veiled to mark the solemnness of
the occasion. King of Peace will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. on
The Friday in Holy Week is a time for remembering Jesus death. Traditionally there is a
Good Friday service at noon as Jesus hung on the cross from noon until 3 p.m. There may
also be an evening service. This is the second day of special observance for which fasting
is recommended. One should use discretion in decided how best to observe this day. There
is no celebration of Communion from Maundy Thursday until the Easter Vigil on late
Saturday or early Sunday. However, it is customary in many churches to give out the
elements of communion blessed during the Maundy Thursday service. King of Peace will hold
a Stations of the Cross service at Noon on Good Friday.
We will host a Good Friday service together with St. Mark's, Woodbine at 7 p.m.
at King of Peace.
The Easter Vigil
This service is appropriate from after sunset on Holy Saturday until sunrise Easter
morning. This was the traditional time of baptism in the early centuries of Christianity.
This service begins in darkness and a new fire is lit, from which the Christ candle is
lighted. It signifies the light of Christ coming into the world anew at the resurrection.
This service ends the season of Lent and begins the joy of the Easter season. We will hold
an Easter Vigil Service at 6 a.m. on Easter.
services will be at 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4, with a cookout and
Easter Egg hunt to follow the 10 a.m. service.
You may also be interested in
Preparing for Easter's Joy, a
newspaper religion column on Lent.