Lent at St. David’s

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday
and runs 40 days (plus Sundays) until Easter Sunday.

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ.
Below, find some resources to understand and accept the invitation into the season of Lent. Then, scroll down to see how you can engage in practices of prayer, fasting, giving, and self-examination.

What is Lent?

This video by Busted Halo explains Lent in only three minutes, using simple terms and fun graphics. This video is perfect to share with your kids and your friends!

Calling Out – A Story for Lent

Lent is upon us! The Rev. Maurice Dyer shares a story about the importance of calling out to God and how God responds to us when we call out.

What does Baptism have to do with Lent?

Hear from The Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers and Emily Given about why Lent is a traditional time for Baptismal preparation, and be invited into reflection on baptism during this Lenten season.

Lenten Book Recommendations

We asked St. David’s clergy and staff to suggest books for Lent. Below is a link to the Gift Shop & Art Gallery’s online bookshop with the selections they chose. Order now to get books in time for your Lenten practice!

THE DOVE: LENT 2022

The issue of The Dove for Lent 2022, linked at left, includes:

  • What Baptism has to do with Lent
  • Lenten book suggestions from St. David’s clergy and staff
  • An interview with this year’s Theologian in Residence, The Rev. Jenifer Gamber
  • News of how other Episcopal organizations are working to eliminate period poverty
  • Information on our Menstrual Care and Toiletries Drive
  • An update from our partners in Uganda
  • and more!

The back page includes a full Holy Week and Easter schedule so that you can save the dates. Click the four-corner box at the lower right of the frame to view the publication in full screen view.

In Lent we focus on self-examination, prayer, fasting, and giving

Pray Without Ceasing

2022 Lenten Devotional

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Each year St. David’s creates a daily devotional for Lent, created with the art, poetry, and reflections ofSt. David’s parishioners. The devotions begin on Ash Wednesday, March 2 and continue through Easter Sunday, April 17. Print copies will be available for pick up beginning Sunday, February 20. To sign up for the daily devotionals by email, use the form below.

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Guided Stations of the Cross

Fridays in Lent: March 4 – April 15
5:00 pm | Old Churchyard
Children of all ages and leashed furry friends are welcome.

The Stations of the Cross is an ancient meditative pilgrimage inviting followers of Jesus to walk with him to his death through Scripture, images, and prayer. St. David’s invites all to walk and wander with these 12 outdoor visual and musical stations. The stations will be available to experience from Ash Wednesday, March 2, to Good Friday, April 15.

You are invited to join a guided, group experience every Friday from 5-5:30 pm in Lent starting March 4, and going until Good Friday, April 15. This interactive, outdoors walking experience will be led by parishioners and clergy. 

“Night Prayer” (Compline)

Sundays in Lent, March 6-April 10
8:30 pm | Zoom

An online, late evening opportunity to pray and connect during the Season of Lent. This worship service is ideal for parents to log onto after bedtime, night owls, or those with busy schedules. Guided by Ian Wilcox and Emily Given, using Compline from the Book of Common Prayer (page 127). Compline is an ancient monastic prayer service, observed as the final office of the day before sleep.

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Theologian in Residence: The Rev. Jenifer Gamber

Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27

The Rev. Jenifer Gamber will join us for a weekend of learning how we can show how Faith Matters through intergenerational, living discipleship practices. There will be faith story-sharing and interactive worship and prayer experiences all centered around five core practices: pray, learn, serve, give, and share.

Sessions, open to people of ages, will be held Friday evening and Saturday morning (nursery care is available Saturday morning). The Rev. Gamber will also preach at Sunday morning 9:15am worship in the Chapel, followed by teaching at the Adult Forum that follows.

Fasting

American Guild of Organists March Concert Series

Tuesdays in March at 12:00pm

Perhaps this Lent you are choosing to fast in solidarity with the hungry by skipping lunch. Perhaps you are fasting from the tempting “lunchtime work-through” and instead devoting that period to rest. Joining St. David’s for this concert series is a great way to connect beautiful organ music to your practice of fasting, or just to your practice of faith if you’re not fasting this year. 

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Giving to Others

The Days for Girls kits work…where recipients have a stable location to clean and reuse the items. When that is not the case, …disposable items are in high demand.

A collection for the following toiletries and menstrual supplies will be held throughout Lent. Donations may be left in labeled bins in the Chapel narthex.

  • tampons and/or pads
  • lotion (travel size)
  • toothpaste (travel size)
  • toothbrushes (travel size)
  • shampoo (travel size)
  • conditioner (travel size)
  • hand sanitizers (travel size)
  • combs and/or brushes
  • soap
  • deodorant
  • razors
  • make-up pouches
  • underwear (all sizes)
  • tank tops (all sizes)
  • socks (all sizes)

Lenten Toiletries & Menstrual Care Drive

 Ash Wednesday, March 2 – Palm Sunday, April 10

Since 2016, Project Ensonga has created over 3,600 menstrual care kits for Days for Girls, an international organization providing reusable menstrual care kits to those who need them, as well as supporting menstrual health education. Each kit is intended to provide five days of supplies and expected to last, with proper care, three years. While the initial intention of Project Ensonga was to distribute items to our partners in Uganda, through Days for Girls, and St. David’s other international outreach trips, kits have gone to 15 countries, and, in the last two years, right here in the Philadelphia Region.

A reality of period poverty, like other forms of poverty, is that people are not always in a stable living situation. The Days for Girls kits work particularly well where recipients have a stable location to clean and reuse the items. When that is not the case, such as among homeless populations, disposable items are in high demand.

This Lent, Project Ensonga is leading St. David’s Outreach commission in working with two Philadelphia organizations, No More Secrets and Redeemed for a Cause, to provide much-needed items to women and girls living through homelessness or without regular access to basic health-care necessities.

Why Menstrual Care Items?

Watch our February 13th Adult Forum featuring Lynette Medley from No More Secrets.

Self-Examination

The Enneagram

A Fascinating and Powerful Tool for Understanding Your Own Personality Type and That of Others
Thursdays in Lent: March 3 – April 14 (no session April 7)
12:15 pm | Hybrid: Choir Room & Zoom

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Lenten Midweek Gatherings

Wednesdays in Lent, March 9-April 6
7:00 pm | Zoom

LEARN MORE

For Families

Ash Wednesday

March 2

Stations of the Cross

March 2 – April 15

Theologian in Residence

March 25-27

Maundy Thursday for Families

Thursday, April 14 | 6:00pm

Easter Egg Hunt & Flowering the Cross

Sunday, April 16 | 9:00am

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