Lent is the church’s season of reflection and penance observed in preparation for the feast of Easter. During Lent, there will be some noticeable shifts in the liturgy. The congregation will start each service by kneeling (as you are able) and praying the Decalogue and the Penitential Order (BCP page 350) and singing Kyrie Eleison (“God have mercy”).
We will also be praying the second post-Eucharistic prayer, a prayer that “assures us” that we are forgiven, loved and accepted as God’s body. Notice, during your Lent, how you respond to these prayers.
Directly after receiving communion at the 9:00 or 11:15 a.m. worship service, come to the chapel altar where one of your priests will be waiting to offer the laying on of hands and prayers of healing.
All are invited to a “Holy Lent”. Please consider deepening your Lenten practice and prayers in these new ways throughout the season.
Daily Lenten Meditations
Begins Ash Wednesday, March 1
Receive daily meditations written by parishioners and clergy in your email box each morning during Lent, or read the meditations on our website. (Please note that our blog, Around This Block, will take a break during Lent.)
Read the Lenten Meditations here.
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Building Beloved Community: Spiritual Formation and Dismantling Racism
Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 10:20—11:05 a.m. in the Ross Room, 3rd floor, Parish House
During Lent, we are called to the work of repentance and reconciliation. The Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism of the Diocese of Atlanta works to connect the work of healing racism to our baptismal call and our ongoing spiritual formation. We will learn about the history of the commission, the work they are doing, the training they led for the vestry, and the three-year cycle of pilgrimages to lynching sites they are leading.
- March 5 | Repentance and Reconciliation
The Rev. Martha Sterne and Rebecca Parker discuss the framework of repentance and reconciliation as the spiritual work of Lent.
- March 12 | Dismantling Racism
Scott Porter presents an overview of the training received by our vestry from the Diocesan Commission for Dismantling Racism to share how parishes can participate in the work of the Beloved Community.
- March 19 | Catherine Meeks
Catherine joins us again to discuss the history of the Beloved Community and the Commission for Dismantling Racism and the role of the Bishop and the Diocese in that work.
- March 26 | Paul Zweir
Paul, a professor and head of the mediation group at Emory Law School, is currently focused on the schism occurring in the U.S. associated with the current political environment. Using books like the Hillbilly Elegy and Stranger in Our Own Land as a discussion basis, he will share ideas
on how communities can engage in civil discourse in times of deep division, leading us into a discussion where parishioners with diverse views can engage with one another in order to develop a greater appreciation of the community we share at All Saints’, despite our differences.
- April 2 | Pilgrimages
Pilgrimages play a significant role in spiritual formation as well as in dismantling racism. We have taken pilgrimages to the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum as well as the Center for Civil and Human Rights. In 2016, the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta began a three-year cycle of pilgrimages to Georgia sites of martyrdom, commonly known as lynching sites. During these visits, pilgrims offer memorial services, place historical markers, offer prayers and engage in healing conversation.
For more information email The Rev. Kim Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stations of the Cross
Wednesdays during Lent, March 8 through April 5,
5:30 p.m. in the church
On Wednesday evenings, take part in the liturgy of the Stations, a series of images and meditations that help us remember Christ’s excruciating walk to his crucifixion at Golgotha. Self-guided tour flyers will be available in the narthex.
Preacher–Teacher Series: Beth Sarah Wright,
Look Again: The Power of DIGNITY
3 Lent, Sunday, March 19
Preaching at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m., in the church; lecture, 10:20–11:05 a.m., in Ellis Hall
The Episcopal Church, in one of its core values in the baptismal covenant, has much to share with the world about the power of DIGNITY, to restore, to build bridges, and to change the way we see
the world. A vision based on the DIGNITY model will provide any community with the tools to create “Beloved Community” in an environment where all members are not only valued and included but engaged and empowered to present and be their full selves. Regardless.
For more information, contact The Rev. Kimberly Jackson at email@example.com.
Stations of the Cross for Families
Wednesday, March 22, 6:00–6:30 p.m., in the church
Walk the Stations of the Cross with your children and create a new Lenten tradition for your family. The symbols at each station are meant to be picked up and touched. This multi-sensory event adds a new dimension to imagining Jesus’ walk towards his death and resurrection. Children will take home a booklet explaining the story and symbols.
For more information, email Kathy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Lenten Women’s Retreat: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
A rural weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city with The Rev. Kim Jackson
Friday through Sunday, March 24–26
Montara Farms in Clermont, Georgia
Make plans now to spend a weekend with your fellow female Saints’ and The Rev. Kim Jackson. We’ll get to know Kim over the weekend through a variety of activities, including conversations around rediscovering your inner child. We’ll also get to know one another through team karaoke, nature hikes, chocolate making, dancing, crafting, wine tastings and more! The weekend will close on Sunday morning with a labyrinth walk, Eucharist and brunch. The venue is beautiful and the meals are top notch; no one leaves Montara Farm hungry. The weekend allows for plenty of time for rest and reflection, and offers pampering spa services. This is a wonderful way to get to know one another while enjoying the bounty that nature provides at Montara Farm.
Cost for the weekend is $300, with a $150 deposit due at registration. (Spa services are at an additional cost.) Space is limited; register early online at allsaintsatlanta.org/2017-womens-lenten-retreat.
For more information contact Lauri Begley at 404–267–4273 or email@example.com.