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LENT

The liturgies and devotions of Lent are time-honored ways of drawing

nearer to the heart of God.  So, whoever you are and

whatever has brought you to this moment at this time,

Thoughtful planning for keeping a holy Lent may be a way to reflect upon

and appreciate the hidden grace emerging from a challenging year. 

Lent 2024 at Christ Church Cathedral

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14 

Service Bulletin for Ash Wednesday

The Right Reverend Russell Kendrick joined us as Celebrant and Preacher

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season

To view the service, please click this link.

Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday

Sunday, February 18

The first Sunday in Lent is the day officially designated to encourage all Episcopalians to remember and support Episcopal Relief & Development’s (ERD) life-saving mission. On the ministry table we have ERD envelopes and boxes available for you or your children to use for a Lenten offering. 

John Rutter’s Mass of the  Children 
with Mobile’s Singing Children, Chamber Orchestra, 
Mollie Adams, soprano, David Burton, baritone   

Sunday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the church before worship 

Becoming Beloved Community

Saturday, March 16 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

Join us for a workshop that will provide insights into the causes and effects of racism. We explore unconscious bias, prejudice, white privilege, and ways to work together to Become the Beloved Community.  There is no fee to participate, but it requires the commitment to be engaged for the full day. Limited to not more than 30 participants.  Register by using this link.

Passover Seder Supper and Lecture

Lecture: Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Seder Supper: Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Rabbi Ed Boraz of the Springhill Avenue Temple

This traditional Jewish celebration will help us better understand the Passover meal Jesus enjoyed with his family and disciples through his years in the midst of humanity.  On March 19 we will gather for a time of learning and discussion about the Seder with Rabbi Ed Boraz who will help us understand the importance of this ancient tradition in the life of Jewish families.  On the Tuesday of Holy Week, March 26, Rabbi Boraz will return to lead us through a Seder Supper.  Mollie Adams will join us to act as cantor for the songs that accompany the Seder.  A three-course meal, a part of this celebration, will feed us spiritually and physically.

 

The lecture is open to all who wish to attend with no reservation required.  Reservations are required for the Seder and the number of reservations is limited.  You may sign up using this link or use the sign-up on the ministry table. Children and families of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend, a nursery will be provided.

Special Devotionals and Lenten Practices
Reading Mark Together During Lent

During Lent this year our youth confirmands and their peers in the Affirm group will be reading their way through Mark’s gospel and discussing it together. In support of and solidarity with them, everyone in the Cathedral Family is invited and encouraged to read Mark as a Lenten devotional and discipline.

To support you in your reading, we will be sending a daily email (six days a week, Monday-Saturday) containing a small portion of the gospel for each day. As Mark is the gospel contained in the Daily Office this season, you may also find devotional resources online through “Forward Day by Day.” You might also like to order A Journey with Mark: The Fifty Day Bible Challenge ed. Marek P. Zabriskie (Forward Movement, 2015), which contains daily readings, reflections, questions for consideration, and prayers.

This is a simple yet profoundly meaningful way for the entire Cathedral Family to journey through Lent together.

Affirm Class

The Youth (grades 7-12) Affirm Class will meet in the Cathedral Library at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays, February 25, March 3, 10, 17 to discuss the Gospel of Mark.  The discussion will last until noon. 

Lent + in-a-bag

Families are uniquely suited to honor the Season of Lent by walking together to find a closer relationship with Jesus. This Lent 2024 we have some “tools,” to enhance our families Lenten journeys.  In the Chapter House each family will find a bag of tools to take home.  Interaction and conversation about each tool will help spur reflection and comments on what each item in the bag might symbolize on our Lenten journeys.  Families are invited to gather weekly with one another, from Ash Wednesday through the five weeks of Lent, and Holy Week to explore the items in their tool bag.  Our journey will lead to the joys of the Season of Easter, hopefully knowing the Savior, and his passion, in new and more interesting ways.

The Journey Through Lent

Join the Journey through Lent, illustrated poster by award-winning cartoonist Jay Sidebotham, invites spiritual reflection and is a wonderful companion for the Lenten season.  Posters are on the ministry table.

 

Forward Day by Day

Please explore the many daily devotional materials on their website

In the Midst: Meditations for Lent

In the Midst meets us where we are to ask, “Can it be true that God is here, in our experience of pain or grief?”  During Lent the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) shares a five-part exploration of the invitation that waits in even the hardest, messiest parts of life.  The meditations are available to read, hear, or watch.  Subscribe on their website to be sent an email alert each Wednesday in Lent.

 

Episcopal Relief and Development 2024 Lenten Meditations

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10
Reflect on your newness in Christ as you journey through Episcopal Relief & Development's Lenten Meditations and discover new ways your faith is guiding you through the world. 

Sign-up on their website episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/lent/

 

Lenten Youth Devotional

d365 is an online daily devotional series. Providing devotions written especially for students, this online resource reflects on themes that impact our faith journeys.  There are several ways to access the series for Lent and the rest of the Church Year.  You may download the app, follow on FaceBook, or go to their website and click the links.

Joining the Episcopal Church
Adult Inquirer’s Class

March 3, 10, 24, and April 7 at 11:15 a.m. in Dean Gibson’s Office

The Rites of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are the Episcopal Church’s mature public affirmations of faith. These affirmations are often made by teenagers, but the opportunity is open to all adults who feel called to make such a declaration of faith.  If you are an adult interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation, the encouraged preparation is to participate in an Inquirer's Class.  

 

Youth Confirmation Class

Meeting once a week for 90 minutes beginning Sunday, February 18, and running for six weeks through the week of Sunday, April 7.  Students grade 7 and up are invited to join the class to either lead to Confirmation or to learn more about The Episcopal Church.  The Confirmation Class will meet in-person to study the lessons from I Will with God’s Help, a program based on the Baptismal Covenant.  Our Catechist is Carolyn Jeffers.  Please contact Carolyn if your child would like to join the class. 

Ongoing Formation
Sunday School During Lent

For the five Sundays in Lent, leading up to Palm Sunday and Holy Week our rotation series will study the Passover Meal or Seder Supper Jesus celebrated, just before he was arrested and sentenced to death on the cross.  For our first Sunday we will watch an introduction to the Seder, the next we might learn Hebrew music, one Sunday we will prepare a delicious part of the Seder meal called Haroset.  On Sunday March 17 we will set a very special table under the tent of our gathering room, and then on Palm Sunday, March 24, our Seder Supper will be shared. Please mark your calendars to bring the family for Sunday School in Lent!  Join us as we prepare to celebrate this very special meal, like Jesus and his disciples did so long ago. 

 

The Dean’s Bible Study: Romans

Dean Gibson facilitates this reading of the Book of Romans.  Weekly sessions are held at noon on Wednesdays in the Chapel in-person and via Zoom.  The class will run through Wednesday, March 20.  A reading and lesson guide is emailed and posted on the website each week.

A Lenten Offering from the Church of the Redeemer:
“Living Fully by Dying Prepared”

Sundays in Lent, February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Sue Rollins, End-of-Life Doula

Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road, Mobile

Sue Rollins is an End-of-Life Doula who will share information and provide guidance for end of life. 

February 18:  Living Life Your Way - Having the conversations

February 25: Goodbye Your Way and Preparing to protect your wishes

March 3 Palliative or Hospice Care – What are the differences?

March 10 Logistics and memorial planning

March 17 Loss and grief (the long road)

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QUESTIONS

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the parish office at 251.438.1822.

ALL services and offerings at Christ Church Cathedral are open to everyone. 

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