Welcome to Lent
Lent is a special season of preparation in the life of the Church. We are each invited to go deeper in our relationship with God. Many of us enter Lent by taking on a spiritual discipline often a discipline of self-denial. With all that we have gone through this past year, a discipline lasting forty days may seem a bit daunting. Therefore I invite our parish to take a different approach to Lent this year: “Micropractices.” Each day of lent has one spiritual practice assigned to it. Each practice is simple and easy to try in a single day; they are organized around prayer, fasting and almsgiving (traditional spiritual disciplines of Lent).
The hope is that you will find at least one new spiritual practice that truly resonates with you. Feel free to use the same practice for more than one day if it is truly fulfilling; but as best as you are able try as many of these micropractices as you can. The most important thing is to commit to spending time each day of Lent in with God. Let yourself deepen your relationship with our Loving Creator.
Use this calendar here as a guide. If you need a booklet, please email the church office or Rev. Aileen for a copy.
Lenten Micropractices Calendar
Additional Resources For Lenten Micropractices
Recipe from Chip for Sunday 2
Story of a Hymn from Bev Day 15
Story of a Saint from Rev. Aileen Day 18
Additional Materials you may want from home
· Jar for Day 4
· Seed, soil & planter for Day 8
· Note card/s
· Pens, pencils, crayons or markers
Worship During Lent
We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday. Please join us for Ash Wednesday Liturgy on Zoom at 7pm February 17. Here is the video link to the Ash Wednesday service.
Every Sunday we worship on Zoom at 9am. Please email the Church office for a Zoom invite or watch the live stream on YouTube or Facebook (there may be a delay in the streaming on these sites).
If you would like to worship during the week, please join with one of our neighboring churches in the Worcester Corridor Deanery:
Guided Meditation Wednesdays 7:30-8pm At Trinity Milford via Zoom. Contact email@example.com for a Zoom invite
Evening Prayer on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm, Morning Prayer Fridays at 9pm, Stations of the Cross Fridays at 3pm at St. Matthew’s, Worcester, on their Facebook Page.
You are also welcome to join in these other adult ed opportunities:
Praying with Icons at St. Matthew’s, Worcester on Thursdays at 6:30pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a zoom invite.
Ladder to the Light (“an Episcopal priest and Choctaw Elder integrates Christian and indigenous spiritual meditations”) at Trinity, Milford Sundays 4-5 pm. Contact email@example.com for a Zoom invite.
Bible Study - The Psalms at Trinity, Milford Fridays 12pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a Zoom invite.
Lent for Families
There is a separate booklet with adaptations for children. If you do not have this booklet for your family, please email the office or Rev. Aileen for a copy.
Burying the Alleluia
This has become a favorite practice in our parish. During the days of lent we do not sing nor say the “A-word.” This celebratory word does not fit the somber nature of the season. To help engage children in this practice and to make it much more fun when Easter rolls around, we “bury” the Alleluia for the season of lent. This can be as simple or elaborate as you wish to make it. Have your young one/s write and decorate the word on a piece of paper or poster board. Then put it away. It can go into the back of a closet, or maybe a box under a bed. Get creative in where you choose to bury it. On Easter morning, take the Alleluia out of its hiding place and decorate your altar with it.
What’s with the Ashes
Enjoy this explanatory video from our Diocesan Canon for Communications.
Ash Wednesday Kid’s Liturgy
Here is a special liturgy designed for families for this Ash Wednesday. It is just 10 minutes—and that includes the instructions to the grown ups!I hope this is a meaningful prayer opportunity for your family.