OUR LENTEN OBSERVANCE
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays, 7:00 PM
At Trinity: March 3, 17, 31
At St. Mary's: March 10, 24, April 7
Each year on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, we recall the Passion of Our Lord and the way that he trod under the weight of the cross. In addition to our public proclamation of these passages, the church has seen the rise of a devotion which meditates on the Way of Sorrows known to us as the Stations of the Cross.
The usual format contains fourteen stations. Within these, eight come directly from the Gospel accounts.
- Station 1 - Christ condemned to death;
- Station 2 - The cross is laid upon him;
- Station 5 - Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross;
- Station 8 - He meets the women of Jerusalem;
- Station 10 - He is stripped of His garments;
- Station 11 - His crucifixion;
- Station 12 - His death on the cross;
- Station 14 - He is laid in the tomb.
The other six come from various traditions associated with the events of that day, expanding on the account not for the purposes of changing the Gospel but contributing to the devotional aspect.
- Station 3 - His first fall;
- Station 4 - He meets His Blessed Mother;
- Station 6 - Christ's face is wiped by Veronica;
- Station 7 - His second fall;
- Station 9 - His third fall;
- Station 13 - His body is taken down from the cross.
Why then do we practice this devotion? In many ways, it goes back to the notion of pilgrimage, of walking for ourselves a special journey of devotion and discipline. Just a few years ago, we sent our own Will Adams on pilgrimage to traverse the cities and countryside of England, walking in the way of great saints and historic churches from our own tradition that he might grow in knowledge and in faith by that journey.
Likewise, the Stations serve as a means of walking here in our local church the way of salvation though we are thousands of miles away from Jerusalem. With each step the Lord takes, we walk with him. We endure the Way of Sorrows, truly sorry for our sins which contribute to its necessity.
But we also celebrate in this devotion that, while we were yet sinners, the way was paved for us. The cross was born for us. Death was trampled down by death for us. Though it is a somber and even painful devotion, it is a powerful reminder of the completed work of salvation by Jesus Christ, and him alone.
So let us walk the Way of the Cross this Lent, whether in our gathering together or in private meditation. Let us take this pilgrimage of faith. Let us make the Stations of the Cross in our hearts, that we may in both sorrow and joy hear these powerful words anew: "It is finished."
MURIEL FLORA MCCONNELL
Saturday, March 4 at Hughey Funeral Home
Visitation: 10 AM - Noon
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery
Luncheon at the Church following
Memorials are being directed to the St. Anne's Guild by the family.
Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord:
And let light perpetual shine upon her.
May her soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Image from Muriel's Obituary which may be found here.
Stations of the Cross: Friday, March 3, we will renew our weekly observance of Stations of the Cross with St. Mary's Catholic Church. We will host the first gathering at Trinity beginning at 7:00 p.m. For those looking for dinner beforehand, the Knights of Columbus will have their Friday Fish Fry during Lent from 5 to 7 p.m.
Lenten Study, "Priest, Prophet, King": Last night we kicked off our Lenten study, the video series on the topic of Jesus as priest, prophet, and king. Next week, March 8, we'll have some soup, talk about this week's video on Adoration and then jump into the second lesson on the High Priest.
Changing Office Hours: Fr. Ben is changing his Office Hours to accommodate changing schedules in Lent and tweaking from experience.
First of all, we are going to try "Mobile Mondays" for Lent to get out of the office and into the community. Monday mornings from 9 am to noon, Fr. Ben will be at Panera Bread. Drop by during the morning, or join Fr. Ben for lunch at 12. Then later in the day, swing by King City Books from 3 to 5 pm for coffee and conversation.
Next, Tuesday afternoons will be an hour earlier, from 1 to 4 pm. And finally, Thursday morning hours are cancelled going forward as Thursdays will generally be Fr. Ben's day off for the duration of Lent. So:
- 9-12, Panera Bread
- 3-5, King City Books
- Other times by appointment or simply call ahead
5-7 PM - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross at Trinity
10 AM - Visitation for Muriel McConnell
12 PM - Funeral for Muriel McConnell
Luncheon following Commital
Sunday, 3/5 - First Sunday in Lent
9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
Coffee Hour following
8:30 AM - Mass @ Good Samaritan Hospital
9:30 AM - JCMA
5:30 PM - Mass
6:15 PM - Soup and Study
Mark Your Calendar
3/9-11: MVTHS Operetta
3/12: Daylight Savings
3/12: Vestry Meeting
Monday: 9 AM-12 PM, Panera Bread / 3-5 PM King City Books
Tuesday: 1-4 PM, Church
Sunday, March 5
Mary Nelle Campbell
Lay Eucharistic Minister
Monthly Ministry Schedule Here
Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
March 5, 2017 - First Sunday in Lent, Year A
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan; Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; * in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness * and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, * and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned * and done what is evil in your sight.
5 And so you are justified when you speak * and upright in your judgment.
6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, * a sinner from my mother's womb.
7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, * and will make me understand wisdom secretly
8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; * wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10 Hide your face from my sins * and blot out all my iniquities.
11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
12 Cast me not away from your presence * and take not your holy Spirit from me.
13 Give me the joy of your saving help again * and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned— sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.
COLLECT FOR ASH WEDNESDAY / LENT
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.