(February 13 to March 23)
St. Alban's Parish - 2013
Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, is February 13. St. Alban's Parish has a full calender of activities for you to enjoy, from pankakes on Shrove Tuesday to forums and book discussions. Lent culminates in Holy Week, which leads into Easter Sunday. See a full listing of Holy Week and Easter services.
Lent Activities and Services
Sunday Morning Forums
A Die so Real: Experiencing the Way of the Cross
February 3 through April 7, Nourse Hall, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Please join us for an extended Lenten Forum series utilizing eight images, created by The Rev. Jim Quigley, as a point from which to contemplate Jesus’ journey to the cross. This series, led by Jim Quigley and Deborah Meister, will utilize Ignatian contemplation to inspire discussion – how does the story of Jesus’ crucifixion (and our redemption) leave the pages of Holy Scripture and become our story?
Week of February19 through week of March 18
Violence, Redemption and Forgiveness
This year’s Lenten book study pairs two books that examine violence, forgiveness, and redemption in Christian practice. Amish Grace, by Donald Kraybill et. al., is an accessible and engaging look at the Nickel Mines school shooting and at the Amish response of forgiveness and reconciliation. It invites us to examine our own practice and consider how it is preparing us to respond to the evil we encounter. Rene Girard's I Saw Satan Fall Like Lightning is a challenging and influential examination of the imagery and practice of sacrificial violence and the ways that Christian scripture engages those themes. Copies of both are available in church; sign up on home page for facilitated discussion groups.
The Labyrinth: One Step at a Time
Fridays during Lent, Nourse Hall, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
During the last two Lenten seasons, with thanks to the Rev. Carol Flett, we set up a canvas labyrinth and invited people to walk the labyrinth as part of their Lenten practice. Carol has retired but her labyrinth remains. Many labor under the misconception that a labyrinth is a maze and a tricky thing to navigate. Its path indeed winds and curves back on itself many times, but there are no decisions to make and no false steps possible. We walk it quietly, one step at a time, winding our way into the center and, after pausing there for however long we care to, we trace our steps back to the beginning.
We invite you to come make your Lenten pilgrimage on our labyrinth in Nourse Hall any Friday afternoon during Lent. And, if you'd like to sit as a quiet companion to those walking, please call Sally Craig at 202-494-7953.
Young Adult Interactive Lenten Devotional Series
Starting Monday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
Join St. Alban’s Young Adults Group as it embarks on a Lenten study of Barbara Brown Taylor’s “An Altar in the World.” This Lenten study will be an interactive Lenten devotional facilitated by St. Alban’s seminarian, Mary Bea Sullivan. The first session will occur on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 7:30 pm-8:30 pm. A Lenten devotional for young adults will be held from 7:30-8:30 pm upstairs in the rectory on each of the Mondays following Ash Wednesday and leading up until Easter Day. All who consider themselves to be “young adults at heart” are welcome! Please direct any inquiries you may have to Julie Clements.
Holy Week and Easter Services
See a full schedule of services and activities.
More Spring Events
Friday, April 12, 12:15
Parish Gala Dinner
Saturday, April 20
May 3, 4, 5, Cathedral Grounds