This has been a year in which our world has been confronted with our human mortality, our fragility, and need for mercy in a profound and extended way. As followers of Christ, today we commemorate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, in which we put this reality of our pain and brokenness into the context of the saving story of God, in which Jesus Christ has embraced us in His own death for us "while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8), in order that we might share in His own resurrection life.
Here you will find our At-Home Ash Wednesday service, so that each household can mark this sacred day together, even though we are not gathering all together at St. Luke's Church at this time. I will be at St. Luke's this evening to offer the Imposition of Ashes portion of the service individually (and in a safe manner) from 7-8PM for any who desire this particular ministry.
You will also find a link to a reflection on Lent by Rev. James W. Farwell (Professor of Theology and Liturgy, and Director of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary), entitled "Must We Do Lent This Year?", which I hope will be edifying.
Many blessings as we begin this sacred season of Lent, aware of our many needs, yet confident in the faithfulness of our Saviour.
Rev. Rob serves as the Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke's Gondola Point, and as the School Chaplain at Rothesay Netherwood School