In the early centuries of the Church, Lent was dedicated in particular not only to the preparation of catechumens for baptism, but also to the preparation of penitents for reconciliation and readmittance to the Eucharistic assembly of the Church. At first, only those doing public penance received ashes on their foreheads to begin their penance (6th to 7th centuries). By the 10th century, all the faithful began their Lenten observance with the imposition of ashes as a sign of their repentance and mortality.
Thus, Lent traditionally has become a time of fasting, abstinence, corporate and private prayer, self-discipline, serving others, study, reflection and penance. It is a special time for the whole Church to be on a retreat, to take inventory and reexamine priorities, to leave sin and self behind in the love and service to God and our neighbors. To keep a good Lent means to draw closer to God and one another and to prepare ourselves once again to renew our covenant with God through the reciting of our baptismal vows. Lent is a time to prepare to enter afresh into the mystery of Jesus' resurrection and our redemption.
There will be many opportunities during this Lent for us to come together for meals, education, prayers, and fellowship --- But--- on Tuesday evening, FEBRUARY 13, ---before we make our resolutions and commit to change our lives over the next 40 days we will come together for one last "party." We will have our traditional, "FAT TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER" in the parish hall. Invite your friends and neighbors, no tickets will be sold but donations will be gladly received. ALL are welcome. Pancakes and sausage will be served from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The "men of St. Paul's" will do the cooking and female volunteers will act as "wait-staff."
The Lenten season will formally begin with the traditional evening service of ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE WITH IMPOSITION OF ASHES AND EUCHARIST on FEBRUARY 14TH at 7:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, and every Wednesday thereafter, we will
have our weekly SOUP SUPPER and LENTEN STUDY. There will be a
simple meal of soup and bread/crackers. There will be a Sign-Up
sheet for the soups. Please note on the sign-up sheet what kind
of soup you plan to bring so that we may have a variety! We will
need at least 3-4 soups each evening (you should prepare enough
soup for 10-15 persons). The meal will begin at 5:30.
HOLY WEEK, the last week of March, there will be numerous special
services which I will talk about next month.