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ash wednesday

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children…”                                                                                                                                                                                    -Joel 2:15

WHY should I keep Lent? Lent is a time of self, denial and self-examination, and while I am young, and strong, and active I may surely put this aside until I have need to be more serious. But still is it not the case that the truest man or woman and the noblest boy or girl are they who, as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, lov­ingly obey His precepts, imitate His example, and follow in His footsteps?

I cannot help feeling that it is infinitely better to be pure than to be impure, to be true than to be false, to be humble than to be proud, to be brave than to be a coward. I also know that it is impossible to be pure, and true, and humble, and brave without a struggle. It is through toil and trouble that we enter into almost everything that is worth entering into in this life; and it is only through much tribula­tion that we can enter into the kingdom of God, which is the kingdom of truth and purity and love.

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself spent forty days in the wilderness, and when He was tempted, overcame every temptation. The two great saints who appeared with Him in His glory on the Mount of the Transfigu­ration, also spent a like period of retirement, Moses twice and Elijah once. Moses was preparing himself for his great work of giving God’s law to His people; and Elijah for God’s revelation of Himself to him by means of the “still, small, voice.”

And I, too, may have much to learn this Lent both concerning God and concerning myself; and per­chance some faults to overcome, whether I be well aware of them or only dimly conscious of them, or indeed not yet aware of them at all. Or I may have some virtues to gain, of which, perhaps, I am now sadly in need.

Therefore, O God, teach me by Thy Holy Spirit to know Thee, and to know myself; and help me, I pray Thee, to keep this Lent devoutly and profitably, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Earnest, regular prayer If you are unaccustomed to keeping the Daily Offices, here are some patterns of prayer that you can use during Lent.  It is a desirable thing that you learn to take on Morning and Evening Prayer as a regular discipline, but, these patterns and prayers are a good place to start and, for the really busy person, they form a sufficient pattern of prayer for the day.

Do not allow yourself to be rushed.  Get out of bed early enough that you can say your prayers with attention and clarity.  Kneel down, and try to put away for the moment all other thoughts, and to feel that you are in God’s presence.

Lord, have mercy upon me.
Christ, have mercy upon me.
Lord, have mercy upon me.

Our Father, &c.

The Collect or Collects for the week (or for the day, if it be a holy day or feast day).

Praised be the Lord daily;
Even the God who helpeth us, and poureth His benefits upon us.
I laid me down and slept, and rose up again:
For the Lord sustained me.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

Lord, hear my prayer,
And let my cry come unto Thee.

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, who hath graciously preserved me during the past night, have mercy, upon me, I pray Thee, and vouchsafe to cleanse me from all stain of sin in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour; keep me, I beseech Thee, from all harm and evil during this day, and grant that through the grace of Thy Holy Spirit I may truly love, and serve, and warship, Thee, O God, to the glory of Thy Name, both this and all the days of my life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O LORD JESUS CHRIST, Son of the living God, and Saviour of the world, who west made man, and nailed to the bitter Cross to save us from sin and to redeem us from death; help me, I humbly beseech Thee, O My Lord and Saviour, to resist all tempta­tions, and to overcome all my faults, to be watchful over myself, and to follow Thee in the blessed steps of Thy most holy life, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end. Amen.

Read over, quietly and thoughtfully, the reading for the day in the Lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer; and when you rise and go to your occupation, remember that the love of God should be in all things our motive, and that the fear of God is always a great protection against temptation.


If your occupations afford you the opportunity, try to secure a few moments for a short prayer at mid­day. Thus:

O Saviour of the world, who by Thy cross and precious blood hath redeemed us; save me, and help me, I humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and. the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.


Kneel down, clear you mind and try to forget everything else, and say: O God, Thou searcher of our hearts, I am in Thy presence, have mercy upon me and help me truly to examine myself, I beseech Thee.

  1. Did I get up in proper time this morning, and did I say my prayers reverently and carefully?
  2. Have I done all things to-day faithfully and well that I might please God, and glorify His name?
  3. Have I today done, or said, or thought anything I am ashamed of; anything that I know and feel must offend God, and. grieve His Holy Spirit? (Don’t hurry over this question, but think well before you answer it)
  4. Have I today done any wrong to any one, or led any one to do wrong?
  5. Have I any reason to think that I am growing better, and living more and more according to God’s Will.

Then confess to God the sins and faults which your self-examination may have brought to light, and pray for forgiveness. You may use some such form as this:

O GOD, the FATHER, the Son, and the HOLY GHOST, I am sorry that I have sinned against Thee, and I confess unto Thee my faults; I confess that I have sinned, that I have . . . O Heavenly Father, I beseech Thee to pardon me for His sake who bore our sins in His own body on the cross, and now ever liveth to make intercession for us: make me, I pray Thee, more sorry. for my faults, and help me by Thy Holy Spirit to over. come them all, through the Same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(If your examination and confession are made in a merely formal way without any earnest feeling, it may do you no good, and you will not receive pardon from God.)


Unto Thee, O LORD, will I pay my vows;
Unto Thee do I give thanks.
I will lay me down in peace and take my rest;
For it is Thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come unto Thee.

ALMIGHTY God, our Heavenly Father, who halt given us the day for work and the night for rest, I humbly beseech Thee to take me under Thy gracious care during this night, and to grant that as Thy holy angels always do Thee service in heaven, so by Thy ap­pointment they may succour and defend us on earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O GOD, with whom the darkness is as clear as the light, and who art about our path and about our bed, keep me, I beseech Thee, that in nothing I may offend Thee; and grant that at morning light I may rise refreshed and glad to enjoy Thy mercies, and by Thy grace to do Thee service, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, whom I desire to love and obey, grant, I beseech Thee, that, abiding by faith in Thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, I may be evermore guided, strengthened, and sanctified by Thy Holy Spirit, that so I may in all things do Thy will, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I thank Thee, O God, for the blessings of the day past, and of this life in general ; and for my crea­tion, redemption, and regeneration, for Thy grace, and for my faith in Thee, I desire most humbly to thank Thee, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be­seeching Thee graciously to hear my prayers, and to grant me Thy peace and Thy blessing, both this night and for evermore. Amen.

You may add prayers for other blessings in your own words. The following are suggested as blessings which you will always do well to pray for, although of course you need not pray for them all at any one time.

  • That you may have grace to purify yourself in thought, word, and deed, even as the Lord Jesus Christ is pure; and that you may grow more and more like unto Him in all things.
  • That you may be sanctified in body, soul, and spirit, through the grace of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
  • That God will teach you to pray, and also to do His will.
  • That He will help you to worship Him in spirit and in truth, and to obey His commandments.
  • That He will help you, fighting manfully under Christ’s banner, to conqueryour besetting sin, and to cast it from you.
  • That He will give you grace to watch and pray, and to resist all the temptations by which you may be assailed.
  • That you may increase in every Christian grace, and persevere in every good word and work.
  • That you may be able to live peaceably with all, and that you may have grace always to do to all as you would have them do to you.
  • That you may do all your work honestly, diligently, and faithfully.
  • That you may have strength and energy to do all things thoroughly and well.
  • That you may be prospered in all things according to God’s will.
  • That you may always set before you your duty, and be enabled always to do that which is right.
  • That you may be blessed with health and strength, with vigour and activity.
  • That God will pour upon your father and mother His grace and heavenly benediction.
  • That He will keep your brothers and sisters from all harm and evil, and guide and prosper them in all things.
  • That to all your relations and friends He will grant His mercy, and His grace according to the need of each of them.
  • That you and your daily companions may live in brotherly love, helping one another in all good things.
  • That God will guide and strengthen your Bishop and Clergy, and prosper their work according to His will.
  • That He will comfort and succour the sick, the sor­rowful, and all who are in need, or danger.
  • That He will strengthen and encourage the faint­hearted, the desponding, and all who are sorely tempted.
  • That He will awaken the sinful and the careless, and lead them to repentance.
  • That the heathen may everywhere be gathered into the fold of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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One of the great Anglican spiritual disciplines that has, sadly, fallen into disuse is the “examination of conscience”.  The daily examination of conscience, particularly during Lent, helps call to mind our sins and failings during a period of quiet reflection.  It is an essential before approaching the priest in Confession.

It’s important for a good examination of conscience to be thorough. This will help you learn about things that you may not be aware of. It’s also a chance to develop your conscience. To make an examination:

  • Set aside some quiet time for reflection.
  • Do not undertake an examination when you are overtired and/or at the very end of the day.
  • Start by praying to the Holy Ghost, asking for help in making a good examination to prepare for Confession.
  • Read through the items on this list and honestly reflect on your behavior for each item.
  • If necessary, take this list or some brief notes (keep them private!) to Confession to help you remember things.

A good examination of conscience traditionally follows the outline of the Ten Commandments or makes use of the outline of the deadly sins from your catechism.


  1. Am I generally, or have I at any time allowed myself to be, proud of anything that I have, or of anything that I am, or of anything that I can do?
  2. Or have I tried with manly humility to remember thankfully that God has given me all that I have, and placed me in the position I occupy, and that to Him I owe such abilities as I possess?
  3. Have I despised any who are inferior in worldly possessions or social position, or in strength or ability, to myself?
  4. Have I been rude, contemptuous, or overbearing in my behavior towards such?
  5. Has pride hindered me in my worship of God, leading me to think that I am sufficient for myself and do not need Him, or by making me unwilling to humble myself before Him, by kneeling down in church, etc.?
  6. Have I taken God’s name in vain, or been guilty of swearing, or of using any profane or irreverent language?


  1. Have I at any time defiled my mind by allowing any unclean thoughts to have place within it, or my lips by the use of any impure words or conversation, or my body by any indecent action of any kind?
  2. Have I indulged my appetite for food or drink, or any mere indulgence, beyond what is necessary and useful?


  1. Have I quarreled with any one and not attempted to bring about a reconciliation?
  2. Am I generally apt to take offence, hasty in speech, and easily made angry?
  3. Am I accustomed to nurse my anger, and to remember in a revengeful spirit any wrong that has been done to me?
  4. Am I ill-tempered, cross, unkind, hard to please, and ready to condemn another?
  5. Am I harsh, domineering, vindictive, and slow to forgive?
  6. Have I hurt anybody either by taunting or scorn­ful words, or by blows, violence, or unkindness in any form?
  7. Have I been spiteful or uncharitable in feeling, in word, or in deed?
  8. Do I feel compassion for others when they are sick, or in need, in trouble, or in pain?
  9. Do I endeavour to do to all as I would that they should do to me?
  10. Have I ever taken pleasure in giving pain to any living thing?

Honesty and Truth.

  1. Have I been true and just in all my words, and in all my dealings?
  2. Have I kept my hands from picking and stealing, and my tongue from lying and slandering?
  3. Have I been guilty of any fraud or unfairness and if I have, have I made reparation for anything I may have gained in this way?
  4. Have I tried to keep out of debt, and if I have not been able to do this have I carefully and honestly paid my debts?
  5. Have I been guilty of gambling in any form?
  6. Do I put aside a portion of my pocket money for the relief of the poor, and the work of the Church?


  1. Have I been discontented and allowed myself to reject God’s Providence? have I coveted the worldly position, the wealth, the talents, the strength, the prosperity, which God has granted to another but not to me?

Have I always tried to trust in Him, ant to soak in all things His guidance and blessing?


  1. Have I been jealous of others who are more successful than myself?
  2. Have I slandered any one by saying of him that which is not true, or by misrepresenting him, or by exaggerating anything that I have heard of him?
  3. Have I imputed bad motives to another, or put a bad construction on anything he has done?


  1. Have I indulged myself in sleep and idleness more than is needful and right?
  2. Have I spent Sunday or a part of it in lying in bed, or in mere listless idleness?
  3. Have I done my work idly, carelessly, and there­fore badly, because I would not take the trouble to do it well?
  4. Have I often said my prayers sleepily and irre­verently because I would not rouse myself to go to bed, or to get up, in good time?


  1. Do I regard my father and mother with affec­tionate reverence, and is it my aim to comfort and gratify them in all things?
  2. Am I agreeable and forbearing with my brothers, gentle and courteous with my sisters, and unselfish and generous towards all?
  3. Am I respectful and obedient to those who direct me in my work, and do I endeavour to give them satisfaction and pleasure?
  4. Am I self-willed, obstinate, or willful?


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THE observance of Lent dates from very ancient times, and forms part of the devotional system of the Holy Catholic Church. It starts from the fact that the Incarnate Son of God spent forty days in retire­ment and fasting in the wilderness, fighting against evil, and overcoming temptations. The Church, therefore, calls upon her people to observe Lent that they may be true to their profession, which is “to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto Him; that as He died and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortify­ing all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily pro­ceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.”

It is with a view to our attainment of this likeness to our Saviour that the chief events and incidents in His earthly life are passed before us, and made the occasion of prayers and teaching which may very largely help to bring about the accomplishment of this purpose.

At Christmas, for example, we are reminded that in Christ we too, being regenerate, are made God’s children by adoption and grace. At the Feast of the Circum­cision we are taught to pray that as He was circumcised so our hearts and all our members may be mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts.  At the Purification, again, we pray that as He was presented in the Temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto God with pure and clean hearts.  During Passiontide we pray that we may follow the example of His patience.  At Easter we are taught that we are dead, and buried, and also risen again, with Christ, that we may therefore set our affection on things above, and mortify our members which are upon the earth.  Finally, at the Ascension we pray that we may in heart and mind thither, ascend where He has gone, and with Him continually dwell.

So it is that in Lent we are taught to pray that as He fasted forty days and forty nights for our sakes, so we may have grace to use such abstinence, that our flesh may be subdued unto the spirit. We are, as it were, led by the hand in the path of obedience to His command­ments, and of conformity to His example. There are people in the world who follow the fashion by calling Him their Saviour, but who nevertheless think very little about His pre­cepts and example. This is because they have never really considered them as they really are, or because to obey those precepts, and to follow that example, demand an effort and a struggle which they have not the will, or perhaps the courage, to make and to maintain.

All who read the history contained in the Gospels confess with one accord that never has there been a truer, nobler, braver Man than He was. There­fore, it is that by following Him we may hope to become strong, and pure, and noble, too. If our aim in life is only to get as much enjoyment out of it as we can, or merely to get on in the world, or to gain praise for ourselves; if we have only such objects before us in life as these, then Christ’s precepts and example will not help us much: but if we want to be true men, generous, faithful, and happy, then to learn and to obey His precepts, and to follow His example, is the path that we must tread in order to fulfil this noble ambition and hope.

It may be said that others have followed Him with­out making any difference between Lent and other seasons of the year. This may be allowed, with the reservation, however, that they have almost certainly done, at other times chosen by themselves, that which the Church calls us to attempt in Lent.

How Do I Keep Lent?

With this penitential season comes the inevitable question, “In what way should I keep Lent?” This is a question which, as regards details, each one of us likely would answer differently. The Church plainly directs us to use abstinence; but the precise measure and manner of it she leaves with generous and trustful confidence to the good sense of each of us.

The idea of abstinence is associated in our minds chiefly with care and self-denial in the use of food; but it would be a mistake to limit it to this. For we may need also to curtail our amusements, if we find that they take up too much of our time and thoughts, or unfit us for our work.  It may be our duty to diminish our expenses in regard to any particular indulgence so as to guard against extravagance.  We may want to accustom our­selves to more activity in God’s worship, or in works of practical usefulness on behalf of others.

The end aimed at in fasting is that the flesh, that is, the evil within us, may be subdued to the spirit.  Thus, we may have greater command over our­selves, so as the more readily to resist temptation. If we thus hold under control our thoughts, our inclina­tions, our tempers, our words, we shall be spared may a bitter regret, and perhaps much sorrow.

It is not necessary, nor would it be right, that grow­ing young people (or any other persons) should diminish their strength and energy by taking too little food, even if they desired to do so.  However, they can and should deny themselves merely pleasant food and take that which is plainer, remembering that while no one has any need or right to injure his health all are called to refrain from indulging their appetite. As an ancient writer has said, we must sometimes deny ourselves with regard to things lawful, if we would control ourselves always with regard to things unlawful

In such matters it is well to consider, first, the end aimed at, and then the best means of attaining to it. If our aim is to subdue the evil of our own hearts, and to become more and more our own masters, so as to be ready to meet temptation whenever it may arise, we at once start with the fact that from the Apostles downwards those who have been most successful in doing this have used self-denial as a means of attaining to self-control. Isn’t it reasonable to believe that what they found so useful we cannot afford to neglect?

Only let all be done quietly and with the utmost simplicity; remembering also that the wishes of parents and friends must be treated with the utmost respect, for with God to obey is better than sacrifice.

Further, in the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ almsgiving is connected with fasting. If we spend less upon ourselves, we should spend more for His sake upon the poor, whom He calls His brethren. Let the law of kindness be in all things our guide, and then not even self-discipline will be altogether irksome to us.

But, it will be said, it IS irksome.  Self-denial of any kind is not pleasant, it is neither childish nor manly. It is quite true that self-denial is not always pleasant; but that which is good is usually attained by doing and enduring things which in themselves we do not always feel to be the most agreeable. Neither learning, nor success in business, nor goodness and self-mastery, are gained by merely wishing for them. One doesn’t receive something for nothing.

A young person who desires to serve God, to do always that which is right, and to love his fellows generously and joyously, will not be melancholy, sentimental, dull, or slow. If he attempts to do all things for the glory of God, he will on that account do all as well as he can-his time at recreation as well as his daily prayers. Such a one will become more earnest and thorough in doing everything which it is good and right for him to do. His religion will make him a heartier friend, a more genial com­panion.

Why should he not be happy? Has he not reason for happiness? There will indeed be this dif­ference, that he will be his own master, so that his passions will not carry him away; nor will his mirth become excessive, and therefore foolish and unmanly.

Naturally we all wish to be happy, but happiness is the fruit of goodness alone; and if it should cost some effort, perhaps some tears, to attain more nearly to goodness of heart and life, we shall be well recompensed in the happiness that must follow.

Our sorrows and our joys are seldom far apart. Sorrow is the needful preparation for joy, so that there is little real joy where there has not been sorrow. The deeper the sorrow, the truer the joy. Lent is suc­ceeded by Easter; this life by the rest and blessedness of the life to come. Let me, then, offer these objects to be aimed at, and these rules to be observed, in this season of Lent.

Some Considerations for Keeping Lent

  1. Try to find out what there may be in you that is wrong and sinful, what your faults and failings are, hat is yourbesetting sin? Ask God to guide you by His Holy Spirit in making this inquiry.
  2. When you know what your faults are confess them to God. It is a chief part of your business in this life, by God’s grace, to overcome them and cast them out. Set yourself, therefore, resolutely to accomplish this.
  3. Try to find out in what you may be deficient; as, for example, in kindness to others, patience, and courage. When you know what it is that you lack, it is an­other chief part of your work in this life to gain it by prayer and earnest endeavour.
  4. Try to find out what temptation you are most exposed to, that you may be especially on your guard against it.
  5. Deny yourself by taking plainer food, and by refraining from merely nice things, that you may gain control over your appetite and inclinations, and be strong enough to follow always what is right rather than what you desire.
  6. If you spend a little less on indulgences, give a little more to the poor for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake.
  7. Try whether you can manage to join a little oftener in the public worship of Christ’s Holy Church.
  8. Look upon Lent as a time of preparation for the Holy Communion at Easter, and all through Lent look forward to that great privilege.
  9. Remember that all must be done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that you are recommended to attend to these things for His glory, and also for your own profit, your own peace, and your own happiness, both here and hereafter.

There is another point on which I should say a few words. When we are anxious about ourselves, or when we want to do anything well, we all of us naturally ask the advice of someone who we think can help us, because he has given attention to that which makes us anxious, or has had experience in that which we wish to do. The more important the matter is, the more desirous are we not to lean to our own under­standing, but to take counsel with someone else.

Young people often drift into sinful ways and habits to a great extent through want of a word of warning or guidance. This might have helped them to keep themselves from the evil; but this warning is never given.  Why? Because no one who could give it knows that it is needed.

Sometimes, of course, the mischief to be guarded against is plain to others; but very often this is not the case. “Two,” Solomon says, “are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if one falls, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”

It might, therefore, be advantageous to you, if you took some priest or friend whom you can trust into your confidence, and allowed yourself to be influenced by their advice. You probably shrink from speaking about your feelings and your hopes.  If so it is well.  In truth, some people talk of such matters too freely. But if you wish to avoid making mistakes which may be serious, and if you wish to go the best way to work, you will probably overcome any reserve or timidity you may feel and seek advice, and not be above allowing yourself to be guided by it.

If your conscience is uneasy (and we are all more likely to err on the side of soothing it too readily than of allowing it to reprove us too much), the Church invites you, as you are looking forward to the Holy Communion, to open your grief to some discreet and learned minister of God’s Word. To those who do so, the Church offers “the benefit of absolution.” Less than this she could not do, if she would be faithful to her Lord’s commission, and more than this she need not do. It is not necessary to do this in order to obtain forgiveness; but, while most people are satisfied with the more ancient form of absolution in the service for the Holy Communion itself, restless consciences have by this means found peace.

-Adopted from Lent for Busy People and Young People

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Lenten Reading

Sometimes the “old things” of this world find application to the modern world.  In fact, perhaps these items from days gone by never really went out of style.  They have languished for years on dusty shelves until rediscovered by a new generation.

This is precisely the case with a small book entitled Lent for Busy People and for The Young. In its pages are meditations, prayers, an history of the Lenten season and some rules for, and observations on fasting.

We will be serializing this work during Lent 2017 and reproducing the text with minimal, if any, change.  Some of the language may seem a bit Victorian because, well, the book was originally published during the reign of Victoria in the  year of our Lord 1884.  Some of the references may be a bit dated.  Yet, this little volume continues to inform and inspire more than 130 years since its publication in London.

We’ll begin with the book’s account of the history of Lent and tomorrow, Shrove Tuesday, we’ll follow with observations on, and rules for following, a fasting discipline.  I particularly commend this latter portion of of the introduction with the caveat that fastine is not meant to impair one’s health.  If you are having health issues, or even if you in peak condition, consulting a physician before beginning a fast is a :”best practice.”

“If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be; if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.”

Our solemn Lent has come again, A time for fast and prayer,

For all who, tempted like their Lord, His victory would share.

Fast crowding on our youthful hearts

Come mournful thoughts of Thee, Thoughts of Thy loneliness and pain,

Thy want, Thy misery.

And bitter thoughts of all the sin

That brought our Lord so low, When in the awful wilderness

Ho battled with our foe.

Those sinful tempers that arise,

Those words and deeds of ill,

Oh, how they pressed upon Him then,

Oh, how they grieve Him still

Jesus, our Saviour, can it be

That we should see Thee there,

See Thee in all that bitter grief,

Without a thought or care?

No, let us rather daily strive

Against besetting sin,

And look to Thee, our conquering Lord,

New victories to win.

The strength that made Thee triumph then,

The patience and the power,

The all-prevailing grace and love,

That brought nee through that hour;

These Thou dost promise unto us,

Whom Thou hest loved so well ;

We triumph in Thy victory won,

Thy conquest over hell. Amen.*

” Surely in what,place my  Lord the King shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will Thy servant be.”

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ash wednesday

Tomorrow at St. Alban’s-February 28th-Shrove Tuesday
Confessions by appointment (please phone me as available times are scarce)
5:00 p.m.-Evening Prayer
5:30 p.m.-Pancake Supper-One last chance for pre-Lenten carbo-loading! We always have a great time at this event sponsored and cooked by the Men of St. Alban’s. (Ok. The guys may receive a wee bit of help from the ladies)
Ash Wednesday-March 1
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Confessions-Penance Chapel (Please call for a time slot if at all possible for you to do so.)
Noon-Mass and Imposition of Ashes
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Confessions-Penance Chapel (Please call for a time slot if at all possible for you to do so.)
6:30 p.m,-Mass and Imposition of Ashes
Fridays During Lent
Noon-Stations of the Cross
5:00 p.m.-Reparation Rosary followed by Evening Prayer
6:30 p.m.-Fasting meal (vegetable soup & bread) with Readings from the Church Fathers Please let us know if you are attending by Thursday evening so that we can provide food. Silence is to be kept by all other than the reader.
Weekdays Throughout the Year
8:00 a.m.-Sung Morning Prayer-Lent is a great time to begin the day with the morning office.  We begin with readings from the Saints and Church Fathers as appropriate to the day, and then we move on to the regular cycle of readings and prayers for the day.  WE know that many people have compressed schedules, but this is a great way to begin any day even if you are only able to attend part of the office.  All that we ask is that folks come and go as quietly as possible.

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