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The season of Lent

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POSTED: March 23, 2009 11:40 a.m.
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Judy and the Rev. Will Carter

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Lent is a 40-day period before Easter that begins on Ash Wednesday. Sundays are not counted during this period, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection.
A season of soul-searching and repentance, Lent is typically a time for reflection. People take inventory of their lives and try to get closer to God. Lent originated in the early days of the church as a preparatory time for Easter.
During this season, the faithful rededicated themselves and converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the 40 days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for 40 days of praying and fasting.
Because Easter falls on different dates each year, the advent of the Lenten season varies from year to year. The 2009 Lenten season began Feb. 25, and ends April 11, which is the day before Easter.
In Liberty County, many churches participate in this time of fasting, prayer, repentance and self discipline. As you ride throughout the county, you will see churches that have erected a cross with purple cloth draped across it. On Good Friday, the purple cloth is replaced with a black cloth, and on Easter morning, the black cloth is replaced with a white cloth.
Members of St Philip’s Episcopal Church in Hinesville, under the leadership of Father Will Carter, are observing the Lenten season. In July 2004, Father Carter, a native of east Tennessee, came to Hinesville after spending time in Austin, Texas. He was ordained as priest of the church in August 2004. “People make you want to live here. The area is a good place to raise a family,” he said.
St Philip’s 2009 Lenten schedule of activities includes the following events:
• March 2-April 3, 7 a.m.: Morning prayer through Lent (Monday-Friday).
• March 4-April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays: Lenten dinner and program, “The Christian Workout: Building Up the Body of Christ,” is being taught by Dr. Deborah Crecraft. The program will close with compline. Childcare and a children’s program are also being offered.
• April 5: Passion/Palm Sunday. Holy Eucharist I at 8 a.m. and Liturgy of the Palms/Holy Eucharist II at 10:30 p.m.
• April 7, 7 p.m.: Stations of the Cross.
• April 8, 6 p.m.: Seder meal.
• April 9: Maundy Thursday at noon; Holy Eucharist II and Stripping of the Altar at 7 p.m.
April 10: Good Friday. Good Friday Liturgy at 12:10 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m.
• April 11: Holy Saturday. Holy Saturday Liturgy at 9 a.m. and Great Vigil of Easter with Baptism at 8 p.m.
• April 12: Easter Sunday. Holy Eucharist I at 8 a.m., continental breakfast at 9 a.m., easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. and Festal Eucharist II at 10:30 a.m.
Father Will Carter and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church invite you to join them in celebrating this season of Lent. Call 876-2744 for more information.
 

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