“The world is too much with us...” begins the famous Wordsworth poem. Although this sentiment may be felt my many, it is important to remember that God is also with us. As we approach the Lent season, make plans to mark the season with your Saint Mark’s family. Throughout Lent you will find many opportunities for prayer, reflection, connection and quiet. Through His son, our Loving God has shown His irrevocable and everlasting Love. We invite you to meet Christ in new and fresh ways as you discover and remember that you are indeed, His beloved.
In preparation for the journey of Holy Week, a service of Scripture, poetry, and music, presented in a format similar to that of Lessons and Carols.
Tenebrae is an ancient Christian service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of Holy Week. The choir sings plainchant psalms and a setting of the Lessons by the Spanish composer Victoria.
Remembering the Last Supper, we gather to share a meal and worship in the Community Room, moving to the Nave to complete the liturgy with Holy Eucharist and foot washing.
Maundy Thursday recalls the beginning of Jesus’ passion in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he asks his disciples to stay awake and watch, but they do not. As part of our Maundy Thursday evening service the altar will be stripped as a symbol of Christ’s passion on the cross, and those who wish will have the opportunity to keep watch after the service.
Le Reniement de St. Pierre (The Denial of Saint Peter) is a dramatic motet dating from the end of the 17th century. Via Crucis is a series of meditations for chorus and organ on The Stations of the Cross.
The Great Vigil is the first service of Easter. The service begins in darkness with the entry of the Pascal candle. The readings recall our salvation history; we renew our baptismal vows and then celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Incense will be used.