Lent 20192019-03-26T13:57:25-04:00

Inspired by Bishop Michael Curry’s call to return to the Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries—Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest—St. Mary’s Lenten Offerings listed below are each an invitation.  Take on the offerings that call you to follow the way of love this season of Lent.


Wednesday, Mar. 6

With God’s help we can turn from sin and reorient our lives towards Jesus Christ. As part of our Ash Wednesday liturgy, priests impose ashes on worshipers’ foreheads with the sign of the cross as a visible expression of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

  • 7:00 am: The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
  • 12:00 pm: The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
  • 5:45 pm: Children’s Service & Mass of the Pre-Sanctified
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner for Youth in Paca Hall, sign up online
  • 7:30 pm: The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist

Call the parish office or sign up in the Chapel to secure your private appointment.

St. Mary’s priests are available for private confession for those desiring to unburden their hearts and seek God’s forgiveness. This is an anonymous sign-up.

Saturday, Apr. 20, 10:00-11:00 am

Families who believe their child might be ready to receive Holy Communion are invited to sign up their child (and at least one parent) to attend a one-hour class where clergy can educate interested children about the Eucharist. Please understand that acceptance to participate in the class is at the Rector’s discretion. Sign up by Sunday, Apr. 14.


Wednesdays at 7:00-8:30 pm, Mar. 13-Apr. 10

This Lenten program for adults and youth will help all enter into the liturgies of Holy Week more deeply and understand the healing power of Christ’s Passion. The evening begins with a simple supper at 7:00 p.m., our program begins at 7:30 p.m. and we will spend the last 10 minutes gathered for Compline evening prayers.

  • March 13: Setting the Stage — reading and discussing the Biblical Passion with Fr. Chris Cole and artist and parishioner Peggy Parker
  • March 20: Exploring the Passion narrative through images with Peggy Parker
  • March 27: Assembling and discussing our own images of the Passion with Fr. Chris Cole and Peggy Parker
  • April 3: Our Holy Week Liturgies explored and explained with Fr. Andrew Merrow
  • April 10: Exploring the Passion narrative through music with Minister of Music Gregory Hooker.

If you miss an evening, don’t worry. There is a thematic arc to the program, but each evening can also stand alone. Teens, bring your parents; parents, bring your teens. Everyone, bring your friends and relatives. Sign up online for supper each week, as you are able to attend.

Meets weekly for five weeks; choose among three study times beginning the first week of Lent.

We’re reading Ronald Rolheiser’s book Prayer: Our Deepest Longing. With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers prayer techniques, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers.  Choose to attend one of three book study times:

  • Sundays beginning Mar. 10 from 4:00-4:50 pm
  • Wednesdays beginning Mar. 13 from 7:30-8:20 am
  • Thursdays beginning Mar. 14 from 10:00-10:50 am

Sign up online. Pick up a copy of the book in the Parish Office; cost is $5.

Meets twice at 7:00 pm: Tuesday, Mar. 19 and Tuesday, Apr. 30

The Women’s Group of St. Mary’s invites you to develop the spiritual disciplines of “Sabbath” and “rest” using an 8-chapter Bible study guide by the same name, Sabbath Rest. Additionally, the book can be used as a companion to the Everyday Matters Bible for Women. We will meet on March 19 at 7:00 pm in Paca Hall to discuss the first part of the book and then again on April 30 at the home of parishioner Kathryn McManus to conclude this Lenten book study. Sign up online and to learn how to receive your copy of the book.


Practice Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Mar. 7-Apr. 4; Sing Sundays at 9:00 am, Mar. 10-Apr. 7

Adults and teenagers are invited to learn simple songs of praise and experience the joy of singing in choir. This is the perfect discipline for those looking to grow spiritually through music and wanting to try singing in the choir. The Lenten Choir does not sing during Holy Week or on Easter. Sign up online.

Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.

This 30-minute service is an opportunity to gather in community to thank, praise, and dwell with God.

Thursdays at 11:00 am

This 40-minute worship service is an opportunity to celebrate Holy Communion and to ask for God’s healing work in our bodies and lives.


Wednesdays from 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Explore silent prayer to raise awareness of God’s presence in our lives. Add this prayer group to your week as part of your Lenten discipline. No sign up required.

Fridays, Mar. 8-Apr. 12 at 7:00 pm

A half-hour service of meditations and prayers using visual images of Jesus’ Passion. No sign up required.

Thursday, Apr. 18, beginning at 9:00 pm through Friday, Apr. 19, 7:00 am

We hold vigil in the Chapel with the reserve sacrament to remember when Christ asked, “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” Matt. 26:40.  If you would like to participate in this vigil, sign-up in the Narthex.  Or, come watch at any hour during the night. A guard will be on the premises. The vigil concludes with a service of Proper Liturgy & Mass of the Pre-Sanctified at 7:00 am on Good Friday.


Saturday, March 16, 9:00 am to 12 noon

Looking for an “active” meditation? The St. Joseph’s Ministry invites you to help St. Mary’s spruce up for spring and get ready to shine for Easter. This is a one-day-and-you-are-done volunteer opportunity for all ages!  Sign up online.

Sundays in Lent

Lay leaders will speak about our many outreach partners during worship announcements. Learn about our household supply drive benefitting Doorways for Women and Families and other opportunities by visiting our Church bulletin board outside the parish office.

Saturday, Mar. 23, 9:00 am-Noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Last year parishioners met at St. Peter’s, located at 4250 N. Glebe Road, to pack 15,000 meals in just over two hours as part of the Rise Against Hunger Now campaign. We need volunteers to do it again. Be a part of this effort to provide emergency meals for humanitarian relief. Sign up online.

Saturday, Mar. 30, 9:00 a.m.-Noon at Iglesia Santa Maria Falls Church

St. Mary’s Youth will organize to help our brothers and sisters with landscaping needs in preparation for a Via Dolorosa, or “Way of Sorrows” outdoor prayer walk. Sign up online.


Sunday, Mar. 10-Sunday, May 11

Pick up a little blue UTO box and place it in your home in a visible spot as a reminder to notice and bless the good things that happen each day. Add coins to the box for each blessing, and when the box is full return it or write a check for the amount collected to St. Mary’s with UTO in the memo. 100% of what is collected supports innovative ministry throughout the Anglican Communion.

Friday, April 19

St. Mary’s is following Bishop Michael Curry’s call for all Episcopal churches to donate all collections from Good Friday services to our Anglican sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. We do so to mark the blessing of this area, which continues to draws Christians together from around the world while providing vital, ongoing ministry of love and compassionate care for people of many faiths.


Finding Jesus, Loving Self: A Quiet Morning
Saturday, Mar. 30, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Is loving ourselves a prerequisite for loving others and if self-love is all we need, why can’t everyone just get along?  The Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman will be at St. Mary’s to help us examine self-love as an essential component of Jesus’ way of love in the world.  Resources for this Quiet Day include Finding Jesus, Discovering Self by Caren Goldman and William Dols and The Episcopal Church’s The Way of Love materials.  We begin our time together with Daily Devotions and conclude with lunch. Please sign up online.

Holy Week & Easter >>

  • Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 14. Our lectionary provides proper readings for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week and we observe the service of Tenebrae on all of these days.
  • Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are at the heart of the Holy Week observance. At St. Mary’s, Holy Week will end with the celebration of a sunrise Easter Vigil. Easter Sunday is April 21.
  • By the first week of April, you will find a printed list of these special services mentioned above, several of which are designed for young children and offer unique Christian formation experiences for all ages. Please view our calendar and events for more information.