“What Wondrous Love”: a Journey through Lent in Word, Art, and Music

“What Wondrous Love”: a Journey through Lent in Word, Art, and Music

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During the forty days of Lent, a religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations, Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Sts), Eureka will offer three special opportunities for members of the community to explore, share, and experience your own observance of a holy Lent. Traditionally during Lent, many Christians choose to give up a certain luxury as a form of penitence, or to fast on particular days. Many also (or instead) choose to add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional.

If you seek a community within which to share and experience your personal journey through Lent, or are interested in learning more about this season of the liturgical year, experienced by Christians throughout the world, please join us for one or more of the following spiritual activities.

Lenten soup suppers begin on Tuesday, February 16, at 5:30 pm. The gathering will be in the parish hall (side entrance on 15th St. between G and H Sts.). A simple meal of home-made soup and bread will be provided by volunteers. Following the meal, a short program focusing on the final week of Jesus’ life, titled, What Wondrous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art, will be led by Sister Diana Doncaster and Mother Lesley McCloghrie. The program, available on DVD, provides a study blending striking artwork with insightful video commentaries by scholars, and a study guide with thought-provoking questions. The evening will conclude by 7:00 pm with a brief service of compline (night prayers). The suppers and programs will run through March 15.

On Fridays, beginning on February 19, at 11:45 am in the Chapel of our Merciful Savior (corner of 15th and G Sts.), there will be a brief (twenty minute) service of Stations of the Cross, using local artist Kathrin Burleson’s original watercolor paintings as a focus for meditation and prayer. The “Way of the Cross” is a centuries old practice, begun following the 313 Edict of Milan, reflecting the beginning of Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem. In modern times it has been translated into a series of devotions known as “Stations of the Cross.” Both the service of Stations of the Cross and the music series (below) will continue through Friday, March 18.

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It is a short walk to the main church from the Chapel, and you are invited to continue with us for a series of half-hour long Lenten music programs, on Fridays at 12:15 pm. The music programs will be held in the main church and are open to the public and free of charge. Please enter the church quietly and be seated where you like. Enjoy an opportunity for personal reflection and meditation while listening to quiet, seasonal music. A printed program of the music for the day will be provided. Local musicians will include several organists, all members of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, along with instrumentalists on flute, guitar, and clarinet. Come hear beautiful music for the organ and other instruments, shared in the spirit of the Lenten season.

Off-street parking is available at the corner of 14th and G Streets. Handicapped parking and access to the parish hall and to the main church is available on 15th Street (between H and G). For more information, please contact the parish office: 442-1797.

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