The Church Of St Dunstan

(EPISCOPAL)
Mission Statement - Growing in Christ, Reflecting His Love
800 N Johnson, Mineola Texas 75773
Email: dunstan5@att.net
Telephone: 903-569-2478

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

Father Pantle's Quill 

 5 Lent  (April 2, 2017)                                                          
 
Ezekiel 37:1-14
 Psalm 130
 Romans 8:6-11
 John 11:1-45


COLLECT

ALMIGHTY GOD, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners:  Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen
                                                                         

                                                                                    
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****************************************************************************     LENT          

We now begin the FOURTH season in the Church following the life of Jesus Christ.  We have gone through the preparation for his birth, Advent, the birth of Jesus, Christmas, the growing time, Epiphany and now the time for recognizing our need for God to understand what we face in this life and accompany us along with way.  Its highest message is that God is so willing, and that in the depths of our pain, we can be related to our God, who also knows pain and tears and death, Lent.

Lent, literally, springtime.  It begins with the ashes of Ash Wednesday. We make resolutions and commit to change our lives so that we might be more like Christ.  The season includes 40 days, not including Sundays.  During this time, we focus on simple living, prayer and fasting in order to grow closer to God.

The 40 days reflect spiritual testing in the bible:  the 40 days of rain for Noah, the 40 years of schooling the people, Israel, in the Exodus, and the 40 days of testing of Jesus in the wilderness after his baptism in the Jordan River.

Some people choose to FAST going without for the 40 days.  That can include food or giving up an activity in order to “let go of or from” in order to focus on God.   Others choose to do something “for” Christ.  This could include volunteering, working for reform, or helping someone every day of Lent.  This is also a time to use intentional prayer for specific times.

The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).