A View from Skellig Michael off the West coast of Ireland.
Here the great tradition of the Christian struggle to gain 'undistracted love' (Greek 'apatheia') by the practice of adoring penitence flourished for many centuries before the end of the first millenium. This tradition was brought to the West from the deserts of Egypt, Syria and Palestine. The meaning of Lent and the spiritual disciplines of Lent are most fully set forth in this tradition.
LOVE, LIFE & LENT
I therefore invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, and self-denial, and by reading and meditation upon God’s holy Word.
From the Penitential Service for Ash Wednesday
Lent as a Time of Refreshment and Opportunity - The Rev'd Dr George Westhaver, Principal, Pusey House, Oxford
SELF-EXAMINATION AND REPENTANCE
Private Confession: A Handbook for Anglicans - A Priest of the DIocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
For a schedule of Sunday services, the Daily Office and celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, see 'This Week'
Our Lenten reading this year is Dorothy L. Sayers' essay, 'The Other Six Deadly Sins'. Each week a section of this essay is quoted in Rector's Corner.
FASTING AND SELF-DENIAL
The Lenten Fast - Bishop Kallistos Ware, from The Lenten Triodion
READING AND MEDITATION UPON GOD'S HOLY WORD
Brief devotional meditations on the readings for Morning and Evening Prayer for each day are available at the back of the church each Sunday. These are from the Common Prayer series published by St Peter Publications of Charlottetown.
Lectionary Central has a great wealth of sermons and commentary on the ancient Collects, Epistles and Gospels for the Christian Year.
On Contemplation - The Rev'd David Phillips, Chaplain, Holy Trinity Church, Utrecht, the Netherlands
AND, JUST FOR FUN...
New Poetry for Lent 2018 from the Kings Chapel Community in Halifax.
New Poetry will be posted day-by-day this Lent. If you would like to have the poems sent directly to you e-mail each day in Lent, please contact Fr Ingalls. His cell number & e-mail address are on the bulletins posted on this website.