An Invitation to a Holy Lent
“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (Book of Common Prayer p.265)
Every Ash Wednesday we proclaim this invitation to our congregation. In the tradition of the early English church, it is part of a longer exhortation to the community about the nature and purpose of Lent. In those days when many people were not able to read, it was the church’s responsibility to explain what we were doing and why. The invitation to a holy Lent describes the history and spiritual purpose of our observance of Lent.
Today, a holy Lent might include taking on something rather than giving up something. It is possible to create a new, good habit during the 40 days of Lent. Perhaps regular bible study or alms giving or volunteering with one of our ministry partners would be a habit worth starting. Whether one gives something up or takes something on, the observance of a holy Lent has the capability to change our hearts and souls by reminding us of God’s love in all we have and all we are able to do. We are invited to live out our faith and grow in Christ for the 40 days of Lent.
If you forget, start over. Lent is all about starting over.
So come join us in the observance of a holy Lent and be changed by the grace of God.