Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday and Our Lenten Liturgies

Ash Wednesday is here. Our Lenten journey has begun. We had a very well attended Noon liturgy and we will have our Ash Wednesday evening liturgy at 5:30 p.m.

During Lent, St. Alban’s will celebrate Holy Eucharist: Rite One on Sundays and Wednesday Evenings. The Ash Wednesday liturgy is the last time Rite Two will be used until Easter. In Lent, our liturgies will begin with the Penitential Order and continue with the Kyrie. The service music (Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) will be omitted. At the fraction, the Agnus Dei will be said and the prayer of humble access will be said prior to receiving communion. Silence will be observed at appropriate times during the liturgy as well. All of this is in keeping with the penitential nature of the season.

In Lent, in place of a seasonal blessing, a solemn Prayer over the People will be used. The prayers come from The Book of Occasional Services.

If you have any questions about our worship, please ask Father Whit+.