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Journey to the cross. The Lenten season begins with ashes and continues with a journey of 40 days. The Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches founded Westminster Canterbury Richmond, and we opened in 1975 as a faith-based charitable organization. We celebrate the journey to the cross during Holy Week. Lent is a time when we remember the prayer and fasting that Jesus Christ experienced in the wilderness. It is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar, and the purpose has remained constant: penitence and self-denial in preparation for Easter. Early church father Irenaus of Lyons (c.130-c.200) wrote of such a season, but back then it lasted only two or three days. In 325, the Council of Nicea discussed a 40-day Lenten season of fasting. The prayerful observances of Holy Week conclude with the joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. Here are suggestions for incorporating the spirit of compassion and caring as you make your personal journey to the cross:
- Invite friends who do not have family to join you for Holy Week services and Easter brunch.
- Visit shut-ins, and bring them a program from their home church. Or help them find an Easter service on television, and watch it with them.
- Sing the Easter hymns with loved ones who have memory issues, and experience the joy of music together.
- Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, The Rev. Weston Matthews, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 10:30 a.m., TV970
- Liturgy of Good Friday Service, 10:30 a.m.
- Easter Sunday Holy Communion, The Rev. Dr. Lynn McClintock Pastoral Care, 4 p.m.