Trinity Church Welcomes All through its "Big Red Doors" with Tibetan prayer flags flying in the wind. It would be hard to find a more diverse group of believers, used-to-be believers, and sort-of believers. Many of us were born into other religions and denominations, and have found ourselves to be part of the inclusiveness of God's love.

Opening Prayer For the Colorado State House in the Aftermath of a Tragedy February 15, 2018 by Rabbi Joe Black



Lent

The word "Lent" originally meant "Springtime." Because the church season always fell at that time of year, the name came to apply to it as well. Even after the word "Lent" was no longer used for spring, it was still used by the church to describe the season before Easter.

The early church celebrated Lent only for a few days before Easter. Over the centuries, the length of the season grew until it was several weeks long. In the seventh century, the church set the period of Lent at forty days (excluding Sundays) in order to remind people of the duration of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. Sunday is always a celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death. Even during Lent, Sunday is "a little Easter."

As a sign that this is also a period of penitence, many churches also remove items that are colorful or ornate, or they cover them over with cloths of a drab or purple color, both of which signify penitence. Some of the Sundays during Lent have a particular significance. The Fourth Sunday in Lent is kept in Britain as Mothering Sunday (commercially referred to as Mothers’ Day). This derives from the time when people would return to the original church which had planted their own (the ‘mother church’) for a great celebration, and is linked with servants in great houses being given this Sunday off to visit their families and show their appreciation to their mothers.The Fifth Sunday is Passion Sunday and the Sixth Palm Sunday, the Sunday which begins Holy Week. (Northumbia)


Commemorations

Shrove Tuesday - February 13

is the last day before the start of Lent. Traditionally it was a day on which Christians sought to be absolved from their sins, or shriven, in preparation for the solemn fast of Lent. That meant not simply giving up cakes, chocolate or some other individual type of foodstuff, but fasting from meat, eggs and dairy products and sometimes fish, except on Sundays. Consequently on Shrove Tuesday all such items were cleared from the larder and eaten in a spirit of carnival. As dairy products were banned during Lent, it became the custom in Britain to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, and so the day also became known as Pancake Day. The custom continues today, often accompanied by competitions in pancake tossing, or by pancake races.

For Christians it is still a day on which to make an honest assessment of ourselves, including our failings, in order to submit ourselves to the cleansing and renewing power of the Saviour. It is also a day of celebration, as we prepare to enter the most solemn season of the Christian year. (Northumbia)

February 14-Ash Wednesday / Miercoles de Ceniza

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. On this day, the faithful are marked on the forehead with the sign of the cross using ashes while the words "Repent, the Kingdom of God is near" or "Remember, you are dust and to dust you shall return"(Gen 3:19) are said. The ashes come from the burning of palm branches used during Palm (Passion) Sunday of the previous year.

Fasting and Abstinence:

On this day and Good Friday (the only official two days) fast days. One can fast or abstain from food or non-foods. For diabetics or those low blood sugar, fasting or abstaining can be dangerous. Plan accordingly.

Lent is not all about giving things up. It's also about adding good things to our lives or to others' lives — the kind of good things that follow on what Jesus asks of us, especially that which relates to what we're giving up.

February 16 - Chinese New Year 2018.

February 18 - Forgiveness Sunday

The Sunday of Forgiveness is the last Sunday prior to the commencement of Great Lent. On the Sunday of Forgiveness focus is placed on the exile of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, an event that shows us how far we have fallen in sin and separated ourselves from God.

Ember Days - February 21,23,24

Days four times a year, around the changes of the seasons, during Lent, at Pentecost, and close to St. Lucy’s Day (December) and Exaltation of the Cross (September). These days are the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of the week and they are penitential in spirit and aim.



Purim - February 28

is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them. The story is recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther . Good deeds are performed at this time. It's a feast about liberation.


The Liturgical Seasons

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