The liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for approximately 40 days before culminating in Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday was on March 1 this year.
On Ash Wednesday, priests take ashes made from the burning of palms from the previous Palm Sunday and make the sign of the cross on people’s foreheads as a symbolic reminder of our mortality.
Lent traditionally has been a time of retreat, reflection, and repentance, a time to clear away the distractions of the world and to focus on our relationship with God and with one another. People often choose to give something up for Lent. But there are other ways of observing Lent. Some people take on a special area of study. Others volunteer at various social service agencies. Worship services can set the stage for this reflective season. All Episcopal worship services are open to all people, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.
March 25 retreat – Women of the Passion
Everyone – men as well as women – is invited to take part in a half-day Lenten retreat at St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Saturday, March 25. A light lunch will be served, so please RSVP.
April 1 retreat: Who We Really ARE
Refresh your spirit and your mind during Lent in an April 1 retreat with Episcopal priest, author and retreat leader the Rev. Martin L. Smith. Smith will lead participants in reflecting on “Who We Really Are: Exploring Our Baptismal Identity.”
Saturday, April 1, 9 am to 3 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
$10 per person, includes a boxed lunch
Fort Worth East Deanery Lenten book study
Join the Episcopal congregations of the Fort Worth East Deanery – St. Alban’s Theatre –Arlington; St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller; and St. Stephen’s, Hurst – in a five-week book study of Take This Bread by Sara Miles. The book tells the story of an unexpected and terribly inconvenient Christian conversion. It describes the author’s journey of faith from cynical atheist to religious activist against hunger, and recounts the establishment of food pantries that feed thousands of people. It is not only a spiritual memoir but a call to action, and an appropriate topic as our deanery churches help launch the 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry. Learn more about the simple soup supper, and the dates and shifting locations of the study.
Join our Churches at a Lenten program
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
holding services at Theatre Arlington
305 W. Main, Arlington, TX
Thursday, March 16 – 6:30 pm – East Deanery Lenten Book Study of Take This Bread: soup supper
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
5001 Crestline Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Fridays in Lent – 6 pm, Stations of the Cross
St. Christopher Episcopal Church
3550 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76133
Wednesdays in Lent – Soup & Bread Suppers with program following the 6:15 Eucharist
Fridays in Lent – 5:30 pm – Stations of the Cross
St. Elisabeth’s & Christ the King Episcopal Church
5910 Black Oak Lane, Fort Worth, Texas 76114
Wednesdays in Lent – 6 pm – Soup Supper with Bible study
St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church
4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76103
Friday, March 3 – 6:30 – 7 pm – Taize: Meditation, Candlelight and Silence
Saturday, March 25 – 8:30 am -1 pm – Women of the Passion, a Journey to the Cross – Meditation, Study, Stations of the Cross followed by lunch.
Thursday, March 9 – 6:30 pm- East Deanery Lenten Book Study of Take This Bread: soup supper
Thursday, April 6 – East Deanery Lenten Book Study concludes with Eucharist at 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry at St. Luke’s.
Trinity Episcopal Church
3401 Bellaire Drive So., Ft. Worth, TX 76109
March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 – 6 pm – Soup Suppers. A special children’s program, “Lent with Legos” will take place concurrently.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
463 West Harwood Road, Hurst, TX 76054
Thursday, March 23 – 6:30pm – East Deanery Lenten Book Study of Take This Bread: soup supper
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church & School
223 S. Pearson Lane, Keller, Texas, 76248
5 Marks of Love – daily Lenten series, Sunday & Wednesday discussions
* Sundays at 12:15 pm, February 26 – March 26
* as part of Church Night – Wednesday 6 pm worship, 6:30 pm potluck & class, March 8 – April 5
Stations of the Cross – 7 pm Fridays, March 3 – April 7, and 12 pm on April 14 (Good Friday)
Thursday, March 30 – 6:30 pm – East Deanery Lenten Book Study of Take This Bread: soup supper
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
595 N. McIlhaney, Stephenville, TX 76401
Wednesdays in Lent – 6 pm – Eucharist and soup supper.