We can only guess that the disciples came up with a numerous reasons why they didn’t have to go through Samaria, and yet Jesus led them right into enemy territory, without enough food and water to get through on their own. Connie Ruth Lupton, OSB, St. Benedict Monastery, Bristow, VA. What follows are reflections from Emmanuel Monastery (Lutherville), St. Gertrude Monastery (Ridgely), and St. Benedict Monastery (Bristow) on ways in which this day is celebrated. Project Britain explains: The Christian church no longer imposes a strict fast.

The 2017 Lent Project. Space is limited to 20 participants. Advocating for the Vulnerable: Immigrants and Refugees. Mary who had recently caused a stir by anointing Jesus in front of the Pharisees. What Is Lent?

It is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit within us. As an oblate, the monastery environment gives us a chance to unclench, let down our guard, and sink into a different world of obedience. ( Log Out /  The day lent falls on changes every year in accordance to the lunar calendar – but always precedes Easter Sunday.

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 16. Still, what are the stones of doubt or fear that prevent us from confidently embracing Jesus’ promises, from accepting the depth of his love for each of us?

“Here I Am!” … Do you really say that – more importantly, mean it – every time throughout the day when you hear Me call your name? CANON MICHAEL ARCHER The liminal space of Lent I was created to house a faithful mission ˙nd it interesting that from time to time a word or a phrase, rarely, if ever before considered in my life, ˙nds its way into multiple conversations seem-ingly all at once. Remembering Jesus, we kneel at one another’s feet tonight, as we sing: I your Lord and Master, now become your servant. Kathleen O’Toole, OblSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Lutherville, MD, Image from Read and Grow picture Bible created by American illustrator Jim Pagett. Their quiet departure concludes our Holy Thursday celebration and readies us for the holy days to come and the awesome glory of the celebration of the day of Resurrection.

Lent this year starts on March 1, which also marks Ash Wednesday for 2017. May this Lent prepare us to live the fullness of the gospel life! Join Mt. The answer came immediately: Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Change ). During his time in the desert he was (according to the Bible) tempted three times by Satan, and each time he overcame the temptation. On my drive home after this service, I started thinking about the joy of serving Christ for we are called “to serve in the newness of life” and we are “sent in Christ’s name”. Jacob’s well was the setting for Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman. You have to become almost unrecognizable to those who knew you before you and I became true & intimate friends. Remember where we find Jesus today….kneeling before us!

In a way, it’s completely freeing as we don’t have to decide or worry, the decisions have already been made. Do we need the Lord as that kind of shepherd for us? Take a photo or upload one to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #UCLent2017, to create an online gallery of beauty and meditation. And “He was transfigured before them.” Transfigured – changed, in a glorified, spiritual way that was visible. In the late afternoon, we gather to share a simple supper and sit in a seating arrangement similar to the many replicas of the Last Supper. And who are the Marthas and Marys in our lives whose witness of faith will lead us to Easter and the Resurrection? Do you remember all I encountered in the 40 days & nights I spent in the desert? Thank you! And they try to put aside more time to prayer and religious acts so that they can really let God into their lives.

It’s a humble position that Jesus puts himself in. The re-enactment of this gesture at our Liturgy this night is one of the most profound rituals of the Church year. Your troubles are Mine, and I will hold you as you sort them out. In one of the simplest and most intimate of gestures, Jesus kneels before us and washes our feet. Was it because he knew he could count on them?

Jacob’s well was there. When he was then crucified, his disciples fasted, giving us the final fasting period of Lent during Holy Week.

We could clean the house in preparation for the Easter feast. How long does Lent last? After the Liturgy of the Word, we conduct the ritual of the washing of the feet. This totally confused her, and she responded “Where can you get this living water?

The day Jesus lay in the tomb need not lead to despair but to love, the love that propelled Mary Magdalen to eagerly await the dawn.

While the Church of England has no fixed rules on how to approach the fasting of Lent, other areas of the Christian religion do. For this reason, Christians tend to fast during Lent and on specific days in the Lenten calendar.


It is not supposed to be an outward gesture to be applauded – it is a personal sacrifice made between the person fasting and God.

At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season, we are, invited to hear and ponder more deeply.”   (Pope Francis, Origins, p. 578). That’s our work – to talk to one another and invite others to begin and stay in the conversation. There are things that art can speak that no words ever can.

(Recall the movie “Babe”.) The Lent Project is a daily devotional series celebrating the Lent season through art and Scripture. Please register ASAP.

Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “Prayer begins at the edge of emptiness.”, Dorothy Harnish, OblSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Lutherville, MD, “Lent is a favorable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the church:  fasting,  prayer and almsgiving. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Left to our own judgement, we might end up following some dopey sheep who is running away from a particularly frightening blown leaf – and find ourselves lost among the wolves. If you can recite anything from the Bible by heart, I would imagine it would be this Psalm.

That is love. Pretty good deal, eh?! Perhaps all Lenten practices don’t have to necessarily hurt. When is lent 2017?

We begin the day with a special Morning Praise and keep a respectful silence throughout the daylight hours. It seems like our national conversation & politics, our religious views, our media sources, and even our own family interactions seem to be more and more polarizing. This Lenten Psalm offers us the opportunity to practice obedience to our monastery and to our Father, to embrace the role of the sheep. LENT 2017 Back to basics is perhaps the best, or at least the simplest, way to describe how the forty days of Lent should affect the lives of believers.

Each day in Lent has an assigned word to reflect on.

The scriptures tell us that Jesus often withdrew to be alone to pray, to spend time in communion with God. Seriously, what is my role in this polarized world? We could put flowers at a loved one’s stone in the cemetery. It’s Jesus’ model of fighting against polarization. And why take companions with him? Take the date for Easter Sunday (April 16 this year), then count six weeks backward. The young and old, pregnant, nursing or sick are not expected to fast. Upon completion of the washing of feet, the servers remove the towels, basin and pitcher; ushers replace the two chairs; the prioress returns to her place; the presider replaces his chasuble and continues with the Eucharistic Prayers.

This is not an overnight retreat. The word of God we find in the Bible teaches us the destiny God has for each of us. Sister Catherine Higley, OSB, St. Gertrude Monastery, Ridgely, MD, Hungry and You Fed Me – Edited by Deacon Jim Knipper, Naked and You Clothed Me – Edited by Deacon Jim Knipper, Daily Reflections for Lent – Robert Moreau, The Word Among Us – Edited by Leo Zanchettin, on The Raising of Lazarus Calls Faith Forth, on Reading Psalm 23 – Pondering Obedience, Follow 3 OSB Connections on WordPress.com, Spend time in silence before an empty cross at church or in your, Name the place where you desire to be at peace with emptiness, waiting, not knowing, Who can you reach out to today with a card, phone call, visit who is experiencing an empty.

( Log Out /  Would we have been among them? No greater love for humankind could be found than the pure love of God when he offered salvation to all who believed in the love of Jesus as he obeyed God, showing his love and trust of the Father, by walking toward his death, carrying the cross of our sins, knowing that the cross was not the end but the door of love through which he would pass into the loving hands of his Father. – Sex Holy Thursday is a day of memorable institutions. We love to think we are in control, deciding everything, and that we know best; but the Psalm suggests we might be clueless sheep who’d better follow the person with the staff and the border collie. – Fast Food

For Christians, it is a time of self-restraint from food and celebrations. We are put in her care, we can thankfully abandon ourselves to her guiding hand. Don’t pick raw onions or Marmite (if you don’t like it) because Lent is all about giving up something you enjoy. One of the most popular Sacred Scripture quotes for Lent is, “Rend you hearts and not your garments.”  Let us ponder the first part of that quote – “rend your hearts.”  Rather than setting your eyes on sin, shake loose the love that is IN your heart.

Learn More about Each of these Types of Activities Here: Weekly Doses of Love (All groups start the week of March 5th), Rooted in Love: The Spiritual Grounding of Resistance. Lent comes from the Middle English word lente, meaning “springtime,” which is itself descended from the Old English lencten. The period reflects the suffering endured by Jesus when he fasted in the wilderness of the desert before beginning his ministry.

I try to live my life in a perpetual state of Lent.

Having grown up in a family of actors, I recognize the power of a dramatic scene when I see it.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. So make yourself available to God. Now, you might have found yourself wondering what your role should be in our society that seems to be increasingly polarized. We see the devil at work when we see people confuse eros with love and happiness with joy.

If you are disturbed by what used to seem acceptable, then it’s happening!

Childcare can be arranged if known at least two weeks in advance. Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself..?” This provided an opportunity for Jesus to present Himself as the life-giving Messiah to a Samaritan woman and later to her whole village. Like many of us of a certain age, I seem to be tangling with death a lot these days: the death of a parent, the loss, or long battles with critical illness, of mentors, colleagues, and friends.

So, our charge this week is to introduce yourself to someone whose skin color is different from yours, or accent is different from yours, or political views are different from yours, or education level is different from yours, or socio-economic sphere is different from yours. We begin understanding  and commanding its power before we can even speak.

Just type the # sign followed by UCLent2017 in the place where you would write a post.

So were the disciples. The annual tradition ends on Holy Thursday, April 13.

The bible suggests that fasting should be done discreetly, so as not to draw attention to the person fasting. Familiar last words of our day, at bedtime, may be: A new line to this prayer I would like to add: For into your hands I now commend my spirit.

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