Lent & Holy Week 2023
Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023.
Worship at 12:00 - 1 pm "Ashes to Go" (ESU Memorial Union)
Worship at 7:00 pm
Palm Sunday, April 2, 2023
Mass at 9:30 am
Holy Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Chrism Mass at Grace Cathedral, Topeka
Holy Wednesday, April 5, 2023
6 pm Stations of the Cross
Maundy Thursday, April 6, 2023
"The Feast of Friends"
Mediterranean Love Feast 6:30 pm
Solemn Stripping of the Altar
Vigil in the Chapel Garden of Repose
April 6, 2023
8 pm to Friday 7 am
Good Friday, April 7, 2023
Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
12:00 to 1 pm: Beginning at St. Andrew's and ending at Grace UMC
Good Friday "Service of Shadows" 7 pm
A unique experience of the passion and love of Christ.
Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023
Mass at 9:30 am with special music and beautiful liturgy
Followed by Easter Celebration Coffee Hour
& Easter Egg hunt for Kids!
Lent is our journey toward Jerusalem with Jesus
Lent is the season that leads up to the most holy and sacred time of the Christian year. We walk with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem and the Cross. His Resurrection from death on the cross brings us eternal life.. Lent leads us through the desert to the cross, and from the cross to Easter.
From ancient times, Christians have prepared for Easter with a season of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. These spiritual disciplines help us to turn away from self-indulgence and move toward God and God's other children. Fasting as a practice today includes all acts by which we give up some of our self-absorption; this can prepare us for prayer. Prayer as a practice today includes all our conversation with God, in silence or aloud. Almsgiving includes all works of mercy; Jesus is asking that we give freely of ourselves to God's other children..
Rising to the Challenge
Lent is like a spiritual workout session. We set goals for ourselves that help us to rise to the challenge of living as disciples of Christ. As we go about our work of almsgiving, fasting and prayer, we are sharing in Jesus Christ's mission of bringing about the Kingdom of God on earth.