Lent and Easter
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays (because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter"), which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, self-examination and reflection, and preparation for the coming of Easter. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to take on an activity to focus on our relationship with God - we may choose to praise and worship the Lord, to read the Bible more, and to pray more often.

Ash Wednesday developed in early medieval times as a day of penitence to mark the beginning of Lent. The ashes are from the burned palm branches of last year’s Palm Sunday and imposed on the forehead, are a reminder of our mortality, that we are created “out of the dust of the earth” and that it is only by God’s grace that we are given everlasting life.

Holy Week is the week prior to Easter Sunday that begins with Palm Sunday and includes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment". As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration. While John's gospel does not record the institution of the Lord's Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. This is why Christians have traditionally observed this night both at the basin (foot washing) and at the Lord's Table (Holy Communion).

Good Friday, or Holy Friday as most of the rest of the world calls it in their languages, is the Friday before Easter on which the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered and proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world even in the face of human rejection and cruelty through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is holy and makes us holy because God was drawing the world to God's self in Christ.

Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate the Risen Christ! We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace. 

Events during Lent and Holy Week

(all services both on-campus and online)
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Prayer Labyrinth
Select hours
February 14 through February 18

Fellowship of the Ringers
Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

Lunchtime Concerts in the Chapel
Every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.
starting February 20

Palm Sunday Service
Sunday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Service
Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m.