St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

Lent 2015

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

“Dear people of God: the first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.” (Book of Common Prayer p. 264) Lent is that season, and below you will find a wide range of opportunities for your participation and enrichment. We hope and pray you will find in them the means of renewal on your spiritual journey.




Don’t miss the traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 17, 6:00-7:30 pm, prepared by our amazing Youth Group! This is an important fund raiser for our youth. A free will donation for all you can eat pancakes!!! Also known as Carnival (or Mardi Gras—Fat Tuesday), Shrove Tuesday is the celebration before the beginning of the Lenten fast.


Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon(with hymns), and 7:00 pm(sung service with choir). This marks the beginning of Lent, the most solemn and meaningful season of the Church Year. The ashes, burned from the palms of last year’s Palm Sunday, are as a sign of our mortality and penitence.



Monk’s Meals return this Lent! Beginning Friday, February 20, at 12 noon, you are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the library and listen to the book Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice by Belden C. Lane. No preparation is necessary other than that of your lunch. It’s a quiet, low key pause in the middle of the day. For information phone Brother Terrance Declan at 440.725.3246 or Phyllis Stuart at 954.805.0074.

You are invited to follow our Lenten on-line meditations, The Tonic of Wilderness, on both a Tumbler blog and the church website, As Jesus went into the desert for forty days in preparation for his ministry, we can explore this season as a time for the invigoration, cleansing, and restoration of the soul.

Tuesday Nights in Lent 2015

6:00 pm Lenten Supper

Soup, salad, and bread, served by:

February 24—Church staff

March 3— Episcopal Church Women

March 10— Social Action Committee

March 17—Choir & Vestry

March 24—Brotherhood of St. Andrew


   6:30 pm Lenten Devotions

Your choice of two experiences of prayer:

Traditional Stations of the Cross
(in the Sanctuary, led by Verger Mabel Ayr)

Celtic Evening Prayer
(in the Library, led by Terry Arnold)


7:00 pm Lenten Program—

Where Does Our Faith Meet Reality?

Together with several guest speakers, Mother Cynthia will lead us in an exploration of our faith

in the reality of everyday life, “where the rubber meets the road”:

February 24—The Reality of the Mind

March 3—The Reality of Mental Illness

March 10—The Reality of Incarceration

March 17—Reality East and West

March 24—The Reality of Passion



Childcare is available for all Tuesday events.

We are very happy to announce a new series for this year. Las Estaciones de la Cruz (The Stations of the Cross) will be offered in Spanish on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, preceded by a Lenten Supper at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a native Spanish speaker or would just like to improve your skills in conversational Spanish. ¿Preguntas? (Questions?) See Mark Razook (954.801.5598), Lucia Mejia (781.521.4105) or Dr. Park (954.753.1400).


Take on a new spiritual discipline! Yoga and Centering Prayer will be offered by instructor Christine Fris on four Saturdays (February 21 and 28, March 7 and 14). Yoga will begin at 9:30 am (for 45 minutes) and will be followed by 20 minutes of Centering Prayer starting at 10:15 am. You are welcome to come for either or both. Remember to bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.


Solemn Choral Evensong for Lent


Sunday, March 15 at 5:00 pm


A sung service of Evening Prayer,

in the rich traditional style of the Church of England,

presented by our choir, soloists and guest musicians





Who said Lent couldn’t be fun?


Who would you vote for in the Saintly Smackdown? The winner of the Golden Halo could be Teresa of Avila, Frederick Douglass, Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen, Balthazar, the Venerable Bede, or some other favorite spiritual hero. Have you filled out your brackets for Lent Madness? Go online to or follow on Facebook, Twitter, or the bracket poster in the church narthex.

Join the journey through Lent! Be sure to get your Lenten Path Poster, available for free right in the church entrance. Great for kids, too.


Sundays in Lent


Saturday 5:00 pm + Rite 2(Contemporary)

Sunday 8:00 am + Rite 1(Traditional)

Sunday 10:30 am + Rite 2(Contemporary)


Lent 1 ·February 22 Fr. Mark preaching: Jesus’ trials in the desert

Lent 2 ·March 1 Mo. Cynthia preaching: Jesus tells us to take up your cross and follow him

Lent 3 ·March 8 Dr. Park preaching: Jesus throws the money changers from the Temple

Lent 4 ·March 15 Fr. Mark preaching: God so loved the world he sent his Son

Lent 5 ·March 22 Fr. Mark preaching: Jesus will be lifted up and draw all people to himself


Holy Week


Palm Sunday·March 29
Procession with Palms and Holy Eucharist with choir at both Sunday services


Maundy Thursday·April 2 7:00 pm
Holy Eucharist with Washing of Feet and Stripping of the Altar,
followed by Individual Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament


Good Friday·April 3

12:00 noon Stations of the Cross

7:00 pm Liturgy of the Day with Veneration of the Cross


Great Vigil of Easter·April 4 7:00 pm

Lighting the Paschal Candle, Holy Eucharist and Baptism


Easter Sunday·April 5

Festive Holy Eucharist with choir, brass quartet, and timpani at both services

Easter Egg Hunt following the 10:30 am service

The joy of beautiful flowers and music in memory or honor of loved ones

(deadline for inclusion in the bulletin is April 1 at noon)