Lent at The University Church

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Lent At The University Church

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Lent (from the Old English  “lencten” – a lengthening of days) is the liturgical season before Easter, which in the Western church lasts from Ash Wednesday until Holy Thursday when The Easter Triduum begins (lasting through Easter Sunday).

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The 40 days of Lent (not counting the Sundays) recall the time spent by Jesus in the wilderness and are understood to be a period of fasting, penance, reflection and self-examination.

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Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and is the day known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the foodstuffs whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.

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Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned.

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Calendar for Lent: Our journey through Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday with a service focused on reflection and self-examination. We will include the imposition of ashes and the sharing of Holy Communion.

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Ash Wednesday Service: February 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Our journey will continue with a Lenten Bible Study based on the Gospel of Mark and lasting for the six weeks of Lent and held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

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February 29th  1st week of Lent          Who do you say I am?

March 7th        2nd week of Lent         Is it all about me?

March 14th      3rd week of Lent          Ride on in majesty

March 21st       4th week of Lent          The anointed king

March 28th      5th week of Lent          Through the tunnel of gloom

April 4th          6th week of Lent          God’s new beginning

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