Letter from the Rector
Steps on the Journey
Just having celebrated our recent annual meeting (the 106th of the congregation), it is hard to believe that start of the season of Lent is around the corner. And yet, this year, because of the intricacies of the “Golden Number”, the Western Christian method of determining when Easter falls, our participation in the journey to Jerusalem will begin in mid-February, all pointing to the Feast of Feasts, the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, April 3rd.
Every year, the journey has similar elements: the dinner to end the season of Light, the marking with Ash, the temptation in the desert, the three days that form the heart of our liturgical expression, in corporate formation and individual practice, all intentional uses of time and action to prepare ourselves for the Mystery. And yet, every year offers something distinct, a way to come closer to God that we haven’t explored. I encourage one and all to take part in as many of the ways at All Souls and in the surrounding community that you are able to, as we come together to take these communal steps of faith one more time.
In true All Souls fashion, the last night of the season after the Epiphany offers something for everyone. Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday? Yes, indeed. Jambalaya for Mardi Gras? Laissez les bon temps roulez. And as the festivities draw to a close, join in the preparation of the Church, as we burn last year’s palms into the next day’s ashes, install this year’s expression of the Stations of the Cross and prepare the space for the weeks of worship to follow.
Then, join us for formation, the re-engagement with the stories that lead to the heart of our faith. On Wednesday evenings our common practice will be in “Five Steps to the Cross and Easter.” Focusing on the Gospel for the coming Sunday, each of the themes are a step to the Christian path, led by presenters from outside and within the All Souls community. (see the information at the end of this Pathfinder and on our website) Each night begins with lectio divina on the Gospel text, a presentation, and Compline, all following the most beloved simple soup supper. For those looking to approach Easter for baptism, confirmation, or simply a sense of renewal, our Catechumenate course meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30p, starting February 28th. And beginning the first Sunday of Lent, our parish Deacon, the Rev. Mary Hintz, is starting a lectionary course for lectors between the 8a and 10a services in the Chapel for that Sunday’s lessons.
And just as we take on communal practices of prayer and study, we will again taking on a practice of mercy by supporting the Nets for Life anti-malarial campaign, organized by the national Episcopal Relief and Development. As happened last year, our children will be leading us in this much needed effort. Please consider these ways and the many others offered in this Pathfinder to come closer to Christ this Lent, and join us at All Souls as we take steps along the Way.