February 14 - March 29, 2018


What is Lent?

What is St Philip's doing during this season?

What can you do at home?


What is Lent?

Traditionally, lent is a season of penitence and preparation. Specifically, Christians prepare for the Triduum (the three days from the evening of Maundy Thursday to the evening of the Easter Vigil) and the celebration of Easter. It started as a 2-day fast, but by the middle of the 4th century, it had evolved into 3 weeks. By the 5th century, a growing desire to remove Sundays (which were already non-fasting days) from the 3 week fast meant adding a few days. Those days add up to the Wednesday before Lent, what we have called Ash Wednesday since around the 11th century.

Lent is not a season mentioned in the Bible. The 40 days of the season reflect both Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness and Moses' 40-day fast on Mount Sinai. The season's two primary puposes, penitence and preparation are meant to focus people before the baptismal renewal during the Easter Vigil. It is a solemn and austre time where churches may use Lenten veils to cover crucifixes, crosses, pictures and statues to include a 'fast for the eyes' in Lent's theme. 

Did you know...
..."lent" is the Anglo-Saxon word for "spring"?
...due to the solemn nature of Lent and Holy Week, it is considered inappropriate to hold weddings and other occasional services such as dedications, ordinations or installations? 


What is St Philip's doing during Lent?

We host Lenten soup suppers and services! Every Wednesday throughout Lent, we provide soup and fellowship upstairs in our Fellowship Hall starting at 6pm.  At 7pm we move to the Sanctuary for our Lenten services using Holden Evening Prayer (Marty Haugen).  It's a beautiful way to prayerfully live Lent.  If you are not familiar with Holden Evening Prayer, you must come -- you won't be disappointed. 

And this year LENTEN STUDY: KNOW CHOCOLATE FOR LENT!  Tuesdays @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm OR 7:00 -8:00 pm starting February 20.


What can you do at home?

We at SPLC understand that it can be difficult to make it to us. So here are some Lenten resources for you!