The Season of Lent
The Season of Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday to the days of Holy Week and into the Feast of Easter. In 2020, we begin with Ash Wednesday on February 26th and celebrate Easter on April 12th. In between, we are engaged in a faith journey that finds focus in reflection, repentance, and re-formation. This is a season, when you are invited to examine your life and make changes that will draw you closer to God, all within the context of prayer.
Ash Wednesday, February 26th
The Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist are celebrated at 6 pm at St. John Bosco, Millville. Some of our members have been involved in Ashes-to-Go, a contemporary effort to carry the message of repentance and new life out of the church and into the community.
Lenten Meditations 2020 (Episcopal Relief & Development).
These booklets of daily reflections for the season of Lent are set in the context of international service. Free Lenten Meditations booklets are available at church. Find out more about Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD).
Lent is a season of study and reflection
The Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 11:30 pm, Mar 4, 11, 25, and Apr 1; at St Andrew's, Bridgeton. The book for discussion is The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (edited by Sy Montgomery; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). Guests and friends are welcome to join the group.
Lenten Wednesday Evenings
Lenten Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, are a time of worship, study, and fellowship. The Wednesday evening schedule:
6pm Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall at St. John Bosco, Millville
followed by Covered Dish Supper in the Hall. You are encouraged to bring a healthy dish to serve 4-6 people. No meat and no sweets, please, to honor with the Lenten discipline of fasting.
Lenten study of themes in the Book of Isaiah
Wed, Mar 6 – Introduction to the Book of Isaiah
Wed, Mar 11 – Anticipation of the Messiah
Wed, Mar 18 – host church for community Lenten service - no study group this week
Wed, Mar 25 – The Highway
Wed, Apr 1 – Building
Palm Sunday ~ Holy Week ~ Easter Day service schedule
Worship services this week begin with the Palm Sunday liturgy...
Palm Sunday, Apr 5, 10 am Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist at St John Bosco, Millville
Wednesday in Holy Week, Apr 8, 6pm ~ Tenebrae "Service of Shadows"
at St. John Bosco, Millville
The name Tenebrae (the Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evening. Through Scripture reading and silence and the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church, we enter the intensity of the Liturgy of this Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday, Apr 9 at 6 pm Foot-Washing, Holy Eucharist, & Stripping of the Altar at St John Bosco Church, Millville
Good Friday, Apr 10, 12 noon - Liturgy of the Day at St. Andrew’s, Bridgeton, & 6 pm - Liturgy of the Day at St John Bosco, Millville
Easter Eve, Apr 11, 7:30 pm Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter at St John Bosco, Millville
Easter Day, Apr 12, 10 am Holy Eucharist at St John Bosco, Millville