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“Growing In Love”
Reflections on the Season of Lent 2017
by the Parish of
St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
Blessings for a holy Lent and a joyous Easter to you and your loved ones from the people of St. Catherine's!
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Ellen Adams, Vincent Bagby, Frances Bowden, Martha Bowden, Swiss Britt, John Brooks, Susannah Campbell, Ron Cook, Steve Diffley, Althea Dillard, Carol Eskew, Joy Ettel, Jim Greene, Pierce Hale, Alison Harris, Jeff Harris, Tom Hunter, Elizabeth Ivey, Bill Ivey, Susan Jablonski, Julie Johnson, Susan Johnson, Lisa Johnston, Al Jones, Elizabeth Lopez, Karen Manno, Katja Michael, Sally Paris, Jenna Parker, Pat Pepper, Chris Potter, Jan Potter, Harriett Pyburn, Randy Satterfield, Margaret Shaw, Linda Smith, Jason Snape, Tom Snead, Lisa Spessard, Dean Taylor, Michael Wherry, Anne Willcocks, Stephanie Yucius
Calendar of Activities at St. Catherine's
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- Ash Wednesday, March 1 -- Holy Eucharist (H.E.) and Imposition of Ashes, 7 am, 12 noon, 7:30 pm*
- Sunday regular schedule -- H.E. at 8:00 am; H.E. at 8:45 am *; Church School, 10 am *; H.E. at 11:15 am *; Breakfast at 8:30 am on 1st & 3rd Sundays
- Wednesday Evenings
- For Adults:
- March 8 and 15, 6:30 pm - Adult Speaker Series with
author April Love-Fordham, "Who are these Galatians anyway?"
- March 22 6:30 pm - Lenten Quiet Evening
- For Explorers (children):
- March 22 and 29, 7:00-8:00 pm - Wednesday Night Live
- For Youth:
- March 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00-8:00 pm - Wednesday Night Live
- Special outreach opportunities: Rice Bowls collection (ingathering Easter Day); Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run Sunday, March 5
- April 9 -- Palm Sunday -- H.E. 8:00 am; Liturgy of the Palms + H.E. 9:00 am *; Church School 10 am; Liturgy of the Palms + H.E. 11:15 am *; Seder Meal (all ages) 5:00 pm
- April 11 -- Tuesday in Holy Week -- H.E. + Healing Service, 7:30 pm
- April 13 -- Maundy Thursday -- Maundy Thursday Experience (for children and families) 6:30 pm; Maundy Thursday Proper Liturgy 7:30 pm *; Prayer Vigil 9 pm to 9 am
- April 14 -- Good Friday -- Morning Prayer 9 am; Stations of the Cross (outdoor) 12 pm; Stations of the Cross (indoor) 6:30 pm; Good Friday Proper Liturgy 7:30 pm *
- April 15 -- Holy Saturday -- Proper Liturgy 10 am; Great Vigil of Easter + Baptisms 7:30 pm *
- Sunrise Outdoor Eucharist 6:30 am (rain or shine)
- Breakfast 7:30 am
- Festival Eucharist 9:00 am *
- Reception + Easter Egg Hunt 10 am (no Church School)
- Festival Eucharist 11:15 am *
- Reception 12:45 pm
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- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Saturday. The season of Lent spans forty days excluding Sundays, since Sundays are considered Days of the Resurrection.
- On Ash Wednesday, ashes are placed in the sign of the cross on our foreheads as a sign of our mortality and acknowledges our belief in Jesus as our Savior. At St. Catherine's the ashes are made each year by burning the palm fronds saved from Palm Sunday the previous year.
- The word Lent comes from the translation which means “spring,” or from the Old English word “lencten,” which means “lengthen” because at this time of the year in the northern hemisphere the amount of sunlight is lengthening during the day.
- Among the early Christians, the time of Lent was the forty days of preparation for Baptism which was held during the Great Easter Vigil.
- The number forty is significant in Scripture and usually symbolizes discipline, fasting, testing and separation prior to a new beginning:
- In the story of Noah it rains for forty days and nights during the Great Flood.
- Moses communed with God on Mount Sinai for forty days before receiving the Ten Commandments.
- The people of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years.
- Elijah journeyed for forty days before he reached the cave and had a vision of God.
- Jesus fasted for forty days in the wilderness.
- There are forty days between Easter Sunday and the Feast of the Ascension, when Jesus ascends to heaven.
- The colors of the seasons:
- Purple is the traditional liturgical color of Lent which symbolizes repentance, royalty and self discipline.
- Black is the color of mourning and is used on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
- Red is used on Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday which signifies Christ's passionate love for humanity.
- White is the color of Easter, symbolizing joy and celebration of Christ’s resurrection.