Lent: Doorway into the Heart of God
All are welcome to participate in Lenten Services and fellowship at St. Christopher’s. Our Lenten worship services are a blend of Anglican liturgical traditions and both ancient and contemporary language. During Lent our weekday services are spoken. The evening services on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday include music. Congregational hymns are sung and a musical offering is sung by St. Christopher's Choir.
During Lent, the services listed below are offered in addition to the regularly scheduled Sunday and Wednesday services of Holy Communion. As part of your Lenten discipline, join us for one or more of these services. Worship and prayer will help to make Lent a time of repentance and renewal.
Ash Wednesday, February 14
6:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes, Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes, Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes, Sanctuary
Thursdays in Lent (beginning February 22)
5:30 p.m. | Worship in the Chapel
Using a variety of services of the Holy Eucharist from Anglican Prayer Books together with supplement liturgical material, St. Christopher’s clergy will preside at these brief celebrations for all ages.
6:00 p.m. | Share Supper in the Fellowship Hall
Think bread, soup, salad, and conversations with fellow St. Christopher’ members. All ages are welcome. Invite your friends to come. A vegetarian soup will always be one of the options for those choosing to keep a meatless Lent.
7:00 p.m. | Learn for Lent (See below for Lenten Bible Study)*
Mini-courses will be offered. The choir will rehearse. Or, spend some time reading in St. Christopher’s beautiful library. However you choose to spend the time, find a way to deepen your spiritual life during the forty days of Lent.
8:15 p.m. | Come for Compline
In communities of monks and nuns, Compline is the final church service of the day prior to going to sleep. Our Book of Common Prayer has a version of the service for everyone’s daily use. The English word Compline is derived from the Latin “completorium," as Compline is the completion of the working day. We’ll end each evening by praying Compline together. If you can’t be present physically, join us “virtually” by reading the service from the prayer book on page 127.
Participants are welcome for any or all of each Thursday evening. Come for Worship and stay for Simple Supper. Come for Supper and stay for Learning for Lent. Stop by to pray the ancient monastic night prayers to close out your day. Or make an entire evening of it. People are welcome to drop in as schedules permit.
Reconciliation of a Penitent
In preparation for Easter, the Reconciliation of a Penitent (commonly known as Confession) will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week by appointment with the parish clergy.
Learn for Lent*
“Holy Week according to Mark: A Doorway into the Heart of God” is the title of the 2018 Thursday Bible Study for Lent. The course is intended to help participants relive the events of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life as a way of discovering what God might be about.
Starting on Thursday, February 22, and continuing through Thursday, March 22, participants will gather to read portions of St. Mark’s story of Holy Week. Group members will begin with a prelude taken from the 10th chapter of Mark’s Gospel, and move with Jesus from his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his burial on Good Friday in a tomb provided by Joseph of Arimathea.
Led by Father Stephen, the course will begin each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (location to be announced).
Here are the sessions:
Those who wish to attend are asked to bring a Bible if they have one. Copies of several versions of the Bible will be available.
Father Stephen talks about why he developed the course in this way, “Several years ago, theologian Joseph Martos wrote a book about the sacraments entitled, Doors to the Sacred. Dr. Martos contended that each of the sacraments opens the way to an experience of the holy.
“In a similar way, the events of Holy Week offer us a doorway – an opening or passageway – into the Christian understanding of God. My hope is that this Bible study will help each person experience the last days of Jesus’ earthly life in a profound way. And I further hope that, if the events of these days tell us what God did in Jesus for all humanity, we might catch a glimpse of what God is perpetually doing in our lives and in the world.”
Holy Week Worship Services
Easter Worship Services
Regularly Scheduled Worship
7:45 a.m. | Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist, Rite I (in the Chapel)
Descriptions of our regularly schedule worship services.
St. Christopher's is located at 1402 West Main Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032
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