Did You Know?
As we begin the Lenten season, here are facts about Lent and what the season means.
Did you know that The word Lent has nothing to do with fasting or giving things up?
'Lent' is a shortened version of the Old English word 'lencten', a word which simply means spring (in relation to the season). It is thought to have Germanic roots and seems likely to have been used to described the season when the days began to lengthen, signifying new life and renewal. Over time, the word Lent came to be linked specifically to the Christian tradition of fasting before Easter, which always coincided with the spring.
Lent isn't just about remembering Christ's suffering – it's a time in which believers try to be the best Christian they can possibly be. In the early Lent traditions, Almsgiving (the giving of charity to the poor and needy) was another important aspect of the fast. So the principle of doing Lent generously has been around for hundreds of years before the 40acts of generosity challenge began! "If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy."
Did you know that Lent was originally 36 days long?
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, the day after Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and lasts for 46 days up until Easter Sunday (although officially the Lent fast is only 40 days long as Sundays aren't included). It wasn't always like this though – in fact, Lent started out as just the six week period (still excluding Sundays) in the lead up to Easter, so the fast was only 36 days long! Lent was extended to 40 days (which is why it begins on Ash Wednesday) to parallel with and help Christians remember the time Christ spent in the wilderness, avoiding temptation at the hands of the Devil, as he prepared for his ministry, death and resurrection.
Did you know Mother's Day is actually a part of Lent in the United Kingdom?
Lent is the build-up to Easter and Easter is a celebration of Christ's rebirth. What better a thing to celebrate during the fourth Sunday of Lent than mothers? The Sundays of Lent are all joyous occasions for Christians everywhere – here in the UK the fourth of these Sundays is known as Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday was originally all about returning to your home (or 'mother') church, and eventually it became a celebration of motherhood. Lent, as mothers around the country are sure to remind you, is all about giving generously!
Mission to Liberia
This week's coffee hour is a sponsored coffee hour, and will take place immediately following Sunday worship in the Guild Room.
The next vestry meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 at 7:30 in the Vestry Room. Vestry packets will be available for pick up in the Parish office on Tuesday, February 20th at noon.
Our next Knitting Club will be Thursday, February 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Vestry room. All are welcome.
IPC Lenten Offerings for 2024: The Spirit Continues to Empower
Lenten Study at Christ Church: There will be a weekly Lenten study at Christ Church on Mondays at 7 pm. We will be discussing the gospels of Mark and John. Dates: 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11 and 3/18. Please contact Catherine Barnett for more information. 718-974-8197.
The same Lenten Study is being held at Christ Church, All Saints, St. Mary's and St. John's at different days and times during the week. Please Please see the IPC letter below for these and other Lenten offerings.
The Spirit Continues to Empower:
Before, During and After the Philadelphia Eleven: The Richmond Interparish Council, in collaboration with The Church of the Ascension Staten Island, will host a screening of The Philadelphia Eleven, a documentary film about the "irregular" ordination of eleven women as priests at The Church of the Advocate on July 29, 1974. These were the first women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. With the help of biblical scholar The Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker and diaconal historian The Rev. Geraldine Swanson, we will explore the ways God calls us and the historical and biblical foundations for women's ordination as deacons, priests, and bishops. We will leave inspired to listen more closely to God's call in our lives.
Date: March 9, 2024, Location: Church of the Ascension, Staten Island
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A QR code is below, that you can use for registration. You can also email or call The Rev. Kirstin Swanson directly. (347) 446-4870 email@example.com
Lenten Bible Study
Lenten Bible Study will be held at All Saints Church (2329 Victory Blvd.) on Thursday evenings in Lent (2/15, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21) at 6:00 PM. Join The Rev. Kirstin Swanson in an exploration of the season's lectionary readings. Hope to see you there.
Save the Date
Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 – Vestry Meeting
Parish Prayer List
The following individuals have requested our prayers:
Fred Allen, Betty Babb, Elma Babb, Erma Babb, Marcella Babb, Jenny Badger, Ezekiel Bascombe, Richard Biada, Linda Blanchette, Chris Broderick, Deborah Broome, Frank Cangemi, Eva Charney, David Clark, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Lisa Colli-Hogan, Iris Colbourne, Barbara Corregan, Laura Craig, Athelridge Cumberbatch, Gaynelle Cumberbatch, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Dionne Darrigo, Anne Devlin, Aria Durant, Marlene Elia, Garfield Evans, Tabitha Foxx, Sebastian Gattullo, Sandra Giambalvo, Steven Haley, Mary Hamblin, Mary Haugen, Avion Hernandez-Elcock, Emilia, Jaime, Jan, Mark, & Tom, Michael Kelly, Erica Korzekwinski, Chloe Lee, Willie Marcus, The McIntosh Family, Eva McClary, Mary Mcclellan Michael & Lois Moschella, Louise Nygard, T. Rauch, Ann Reilly, Olivia Rey, Christine Riola, Leila Rollock, Barnett Shepherd, Daphne, Joyce & Eric Smith, Tom Smith, Thomas Sox, David Lloyd Stephens, Christopher Still, Candy Tice, Fred & Rob Tucher, Deborah Vurckio, Lucille Williams, Roger Williams, Marsha Wynter, Jan & Joan Yearwood, and the people of The Girls and Boys of Heartshare St. Vincent's Services.
Please Note: The Prayer List is intended to uphold and encourage those who need healing prayers. If persons have been fully recovered and no longer need to be lifted up in this way, please let us know so that we can make room for others. This list will be updated every three months unless otherwise notified. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you!
We pray for the repose of the souls of Winnie Alexander, and all the faithful departed, especially those whose death resulted from gun violence. May their souls rest in peace.
We pray for all the frontline and essential workers in our parish, and around S.I. and the world.
We pray for the hundreds of asylum seekers in New York City, and particularly on Staten Island and ask God's Holy Spirit to help us as citizens, civic organizations and religious institutions to respond with love and compassion.
We pray for comfort to the families and communities impacted by gun violence, and for the will and determination to enact appropriate gun control legislation and promote a culture of safety.
We pray for an end to armed conflict, and lift up the people of Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan in the hopes that they can move towards peace and diplomacy.
We pray for all those negatively impacted by climate, environmental and naturally occurring disasters.
We pray for those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism, and for those who are committed and working towards change, unity, and equality for all peoples.
We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week. Alleida Mitchell (22), Carlos Rivera (22).
We give thanks to God for the individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week: Harold & Cheryl Broderick (18).
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan.
In the Episcopal Futures Prayer Cycle, we pray for all who seek God by strengthening their faith and serving their community.
In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Allen, +Mary and +Matt, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Episcopal Relief & Development; Diocesan Young Adult Network; Trinity School, Manhattan; St. John's Church, Staten Island; Diocesan Ordination Task Force; Diocesan Commission on Ministry; The Canon for Ministry.