The Season of Lent is a time of renewal and reflection. This year, St. Mary’s suggests that parishioners consider offering/events/disciplines at St. Mary’s and at neighboring Episcopal churches.

St. Mary’s Lenten Offerings
Sister Parishs’ Lenten Offerings
St. Mary’s Lenten Offerings

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
FEB. 26

The first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross. Ash Wednesday is observed as a fast in the church year of the Episcopal Church.

  • 7:00 a.m. The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
  • 12:00 p.m. The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
  • 5:45 p.m. Children’s Liturgy Service
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner for Youth between services in Paca Hall
  • 7:30 p.m. The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist

LET US PRAY DAILY PODCAST
FEB. 26-APR. 11

Make prayer an intentional practice this Lent. Beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 through Holy Saturday, April 11 (40 Days) St. Mary’s will feature audio recordings of Morning Prayer (around 20-minutes) and Evening Complen (around 10 minutes) by parishioners, for parishioners, to incorporate as part of their Lenten discipline. Let Us Pray, a Daily Podcast Series by St. Mary’s will be posted at www.StMarysArlington.org/Let-Us-Pray/. Parishioners may choose to subscribe for daily reminders pointing to the podcast page, or can simply visit on their own to tune-in.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays, Feb. 28-Apr. 3 at 7:00 p.m.

The Stations of the Cross are a devotional practice that originated in the early centuries of the Christian Church. Pilgrims who could not walk the “Way of the Cross” in Jerusalem, were able to simulate this pilgrimage as they viewed a series of images depicting the Passion narrative. St. Mary’s lay leaders invite you to join them for a half-hour service of meditations and prayers using visual images of Jesus’ Passion.  No sign up required.

LENTEN CENTERING PRAYER
Tuesdays, March 3-31; 7:45-8:15 p.m.

St. Mary’s Chapel is a perfect setting for contemplation. Fr. Chris Cole will provide a 5-minute introduction to this ancient Christian method of meditation, which emphasizes interior silence. The remaining time is reserved for individuals to rest in God’s presence. No sign up required.

LENTEN BOOK STUDY: BEGINNING TO PRAY BY ANTHONY BLOOM
Wednesdays, March 4-April 1; 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Following St. Mary’s 7:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, clergy invite you to discuss Learning to Pray by Russian Orthodox Bishop Metropolitan Anthony Bloom. With an emphasis on examining one’s heart in silence as the starting point of prayer, Bishop Bloom shows a path for anyone seeking to start or refresh a personal relationship with God. Register www.StMarysArlington.org/Sign-Up. Book available on Amazon, or pick up a copy in St. Mary’s Parish Office; book cost is $10.

LENTEN BOOK STUDY: PILGRIM’S PROGRESS BY JOHN BUNYAN
Fridays, March 6-April 3; 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Did you know St. Mary’s has a Friday Morning Book Club? Did you know that you are welcome to join? And now is a good time as we start a new book for Lent– The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. More than a dozen regularly meet each Friday morning at 10:00 a.m in the Vestry.  We read and discuss books of various types and on various topics relating to religious formation.  We generally read books by chapter, so about 30-45 pages a week. Join this vibrant lay-led group! For questions, contact Deb Henke – debra.henke@yahoo.com.

LENTEN RETREAT: THE LORD’S PRAYER COMING TO LIFE
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sheer familiarity and repetition, and a general vagueness about the meaning of God’s ‘kingdom,’ reduces the impact of The Lord’s Prayer for even the most committed Christians. Episcopal priest and Oxford-trained theologian The Rev. Martin L. Smith leads this half-day retreat at St. Mary’s. Explore the original power of Jesus’s prayer through lecture, group discussion, and individual prayer. Please register at www.StMaryArlington.org/Sign-Up by Wed., March 11. lunch is included with registration; $10/person.

LENTEN FAMILY CHOIR
At the 9:00 a.m. Worship Services during Lent

Adults and teenagers are encouraged to take this opportunity to be part of a Sunday 9:00 a.m. Lenten Choir for a short-term commitment. This would be a wonderful Lenten discipline for someone who would like to experience the joy of leading others in worship through music. This choir practices Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during Lent. Email Gregory Hooker, Gregory.Hooker@StMarysArlington.org to participate.

MORE LENTEN ENGAGEMENT
An Independent Study Racial Awareness Program

The St. Mary’s Ministry on Race, Reconciliation, and Equity (MORE) suggests Lenten activities for those seeking to learn, understand, pray, and discern more about issues of race that continue to exist in our society.  St. Mary’s MORE Group is co-led by David Smith and Jenny Hoil with many other parishioners actively involved–recommends an “independent study” program during Lent, with a focus on three main areas: Read; Watch; Experience. Download the Program.  After Lent, MORE plans to sponsor an event for parishioners to discuss their respective Lenten experiences—visit the MORE page for updates.

WEEKLY RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
New Resources Posted Thursdays, March 5 through April 9

For families with children in 5th-grade and younger, Lent is a time to prepare for understanding Easter. Parents can incorporate a variety of activities that will prepare the whole family for Christ’s rising! Each week, we will email families and link on this page resources/activities that you can do in the comfort of your own family’s home. Work together to prepare your children’s bodies, souls and minds for what is to come–the risen Christ on Easter morning.

Family Activity Post for March 12th: Making Time, Creating Space
As a family, taking the time to pray together every day, invites God to be active in your life as a family—making the time and creating the space for God to flow and work through your family, strengthening your relationship with each other and with God. To learn about how you can create a special prayer space in your home, please visit this link: https://buildfaith.org/creating-lenten-prayer-space-home/.

Family Activity Post for March 5th: Lent Madness! Inspired by college basketball tournaments, Lent Madness pits 32 saints against each other in a bracket, as each saint seeks to win the coveted Golden Halo. Throughout Lent, fans vote for their favorite saints at www.lentmadness.org. Use the Saintly Scorecard and the Bracket Poster to join the fun!

2020 LENTEN CLEAN UP & REPAIR DAY
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The St. Joseph’s Ministry invites the parish–men, women, youth and accompanied children to help spruce up our church for spring and get ready to shine for Easter. This is a one-day-and-you-are-done volunteer opportunity! Help for an hour, two hours, or stay for all four hours! Use our Sign Up Genius to tell us you are helping. Questions? Email Jane Shafran, Jane.Shafran@StMarysArlington.org.

YOUTH GROUP LENTEN OUTREACH

  • March 4 at 7:00 p.m.: All Youth Outreach AFAC Bagging at St. Mary’s 
  • March 11 at 7:00 p.m.: Sr. High Meal Distribution at A-SPAN
  • March 18 at 7:00 p.m.:  All Youth Outreach
  • March 25  at 7:00 p.m.: Sr. High Shift at AFAC
  • April 1 at 7:00 p.m.:  All Youth Outreach

In Lent, we ask our Youth to reach out and take on more service for others. We ask them to bag chicken, make sandwiches and bag produce rather than consuming chicken wings! Come join us to support those in need in Arlington! Email Sue Cromer, Sue.Cromer@StMarysArlington.org to participate.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION CLASS

  • Date:  March 28
  • Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

Sign Up by Saturday, March 21

Imagine having your child’s first communion on Easter Sunday! 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 scheduled on Saturday, March 28, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Sister Parishs’ Lenten Offerings

Each parish in The Episcopal Church is interconnected through a common doctrine, discipline, and worship. This Lent, the Churches of the Arlington Region in the Diocese of Virginia are working to strengthen and renew this connection through a variety of book studies, communal events, and time for prayer. In addition to St. Mary’s offerings, please look at the following highlighted offerings presented at our sister Episcopal parishes and consider joining their parish to make meaningful connections  during this season of preparation.

Stations of the Cross
Fridays, Feb. 28-Apr. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
La Iglesia de Cristo Rey — 415 S. Lexington Street, Arlington, VA 22204 — 703-931-2245
We follow the Stations of the Cross inside the church.  The event is in Spanish; all are welcome. No sign up required.

Lenten Adult Forum Series:  The Theology of Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sundays, March 1-29; 9:30-10:15 a.m.
St. George’s Episcopal Church — 911 N. Oakland Street, Arlington, VA 22203 — 703-525-8286
Much has been said about our current social and cultural issues pertaining to Black identity and White supremacy. Join us this Lent as clergy and special guests discuss these matters in our Christian context through Ta-Nehisi Coates book, Between the World and Me. A beautiful letter to his son about the realities of this world and being Black in America, Coates speaks to a plethora of issues relevant to all of us. We will move through his themes and ask theological questions in dialogue with his powerful testimony. March 1- Slavery, Abolition and the Church in America with Guest Speaker The Rev. Dr. Robert Prichard. March 8- The Theology of Ta-Nehisi Coates.   Social Justice Sunday: March 15- Lynching, in SW Virginia with Guest Speaker John Johnson.  March 22, 29- The Theology of Ta-Nehisi Coates. No sign up required.

Book Study: Seculosity by David Zahl and Stations of the Cross
Sundays, March 1-April 5; 4:00-5:30 p.m.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church — 1132 N. Ivanhoe Street, Arlington, VA 22205 — 703-241-2474
This Lenten season there are a variety of ways in which parishioners are invited to intentionally mark this season as holy. We will read David Zahl’s Seculosity and engage in a discussion weekly on Sunday evenings. Copies of the book are available to borrow for up to 48 hours at a time from the parish library, or can be ordered on Amazon. Please email, parishoffice@StMichaelsArlington.org, if you will be joining us. Stations of the Cross, as interpreted by a variety of artists, will be on display in the parish hall. Spend time with these images after the book study and pray at each station; more information will be posted at www.StMichaelsArlington.org.

Lenten Supper Study: Exploring Social Justice as a Biblical and Episcopal Imperative
Mondays, March 2- April 6; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church — 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 — 703-920-7077
Soup and Salad Supper begins at 7:00 p.m.; teaching at 7:30 p.m.; and Compline at 8:30 p.m. Christians sometimes struggle to find a balance between personal salvation and community redemption.  For some, Jesus’ command to love one another and to seek justice are paramount to serving Christ in all persons and respecting the dignity of every human being.  Using The Social Justice Bible Challenge by Marek Zabriskie, we will meet weekly to see what the Bible and our Episcopal tradition say about what kind of Christians we should be.  Please register in advance for this study by emailing the church office at info@tecarl.org. Copies of the book can be ordered at www.ForwardMovement.org.

Wednesday Night Lenten Program 2020
Wednesdays, March 4- April 4; 6:30-8:15 p.m.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church — 4250 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207 — 703-536-6606
Simple dinner of bread and soup at 6:30 p.m., book study at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. evensong. Our discussions will be based on the book, In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture by Alister McGrath. Books can be purchased on Amazon. This history of the KJV examines the intrigue and drama that led to the creation of an authorized English translation of the Holy Scriptures and explores the influence of the KJV. We will not meet on March 18th. If you plan to take part in the Lenten program, you will be asked to read three chapters per meeting in advance of the session. Further resources will be provided. To attend, please email info@Saint-Peters.org.

The Way of Love Lenten Series
Wednesdays, March 4-April 1; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church — 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207 — 703-522-1600
This Lent please join us in an Adult Forum where we learn more about Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love.”  This five-week series will focus on the seven core principles of The Way of Love (Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest) that will help us live a more authentic Jesus Centered Life. A shared simple supper will be from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Please let Ana White (anazeliaoxw@gmail.com) know if you would like to attend and if you need childcare for younger children. If you would like to contribute to the supper, sign up at www.StAndrewsArlington.org/Signup-Central.

Getting Closer to God
Wednesday, March 11, 6:15-8:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church — 415 S. Lexington Street, Arlington, VA 22204 — 703-671-6834
This event begins with a soup, salad and bread meal with the program beginning afterward at 7:00 p.m. Please visit www.StJohnsArlingtonVa.org to learn more about this spiritual formation gathering

The Pressures on Parents: Program with Dr. Heather Tedesco
Sunday, March 22, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
St. George’s Episcopal Church — 911 N. Oakland Street, Arlington, VA 22203 — 703-525-8286
Do you feel like you have way too much to do? Does your life feel overscheduled? Parenting in today’s world can feel like a high-stakes race in which every single decision we make will affect our children’s lifelong happiness and success. Too often we function out of fear—fear of missing out, fear of messing up, or fear of not being good enough. Set aside 45 minutes on Sunday, March 22nd , for a little self-care and reality check with Dr. Heather Tedesco. Dr. Tedesco will talk with us about The Pressures on Parents and how to identify and resist those pressures so that you can raise your children according to your own goals, values, and dreams. No sign up required.