Feasting on Prayer and Reflection in Lent

In Lent Christians are invited by the Church to observe a holy season of “self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (Book of Common Prayer, 265.) Though many of us might understand Lent simply as a season to fast, to give up something enjoyable in our lives such as dessert or television, the reality is that Lent is also a season in which we can deepen our prayers and study of scripture. Lent is an opportunity to feast on prayer, reflection, and meditation.

There are many opportunities to feast this Lent at St. Peter’s. Throughout the season of Lent our Parish Hall Forum, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, will engage conversations around the theology of Holy Week. You might consider attending the Parish Hall Forum as way to prepare for Easter and feast on study and reflection.

Every weekday morning at 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, parishioners gather for Morning Prayer in the Chapel. The Anglican tradition of the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer can introduce a rhythm of prayer and scripture into your daily routine. You might consider joining us for Morning Prayer one day a week this Lent, as an opportunity to feast on prayer.

There are various other opportunities, such as “Mystical Food for Thought,” which you can read about on the parish website or in our Life at St. Peter’s magazine. You might consider any one of these opportunities to deepen your own prayer and study of scripture this Lent.

The modern era has given us even more opportunities to feast this Lent. If you can’t join us for Morning Prayer, you can pray online through the Mission of St. Clare or one of the various Daily Office apps for a tablet or mobile device. There are also various daily prayers and reflections offered by Forward Day by Day. One of my personal favorites is a Lenten series offered through the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Boston, Massachusetts. “The Five Marks of Love” is a daily devotion sent directly as an email every morning, or it can be read or viewed as a video from the Society’s website. This daily reflection seeks to answer the following question: “If we are ‘marked as Christ’s own,’ what are the ‘marks of love’ that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us?” You can sign up for “The Five Marks of Love” by visiting this link.

Though these various opportunities and resources will not appeal to everyone, we are all called to observe this season of Holy Lent. You might try several before you find one that works for you. May this Lent be a season to feast as well as to fast.

Peace and Blessings,

Jacob+

 

The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector