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From the Bishop: A Holy Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ –

I invite you in the name of the Church to the observance of a holy Lent.

The season of Lent is now upon us. We’ve publicly proclaimed a solemn fast, prayed our sobering Litany of Penitence and been reminded of the depth of our sinfulness and brevity of our earthly lives by the smudging of ashes on our foreheads. What now? Well now is the time live into those disciplines of Christian life that will assist us as we endeavor to make good on the promises behind the confession we made on Ash Wednesday.

Every one of the 40 days of Lent will offer an opportunity – in truth, countless opportunities – for you to more deeply and joyfully follow Jesus. Whether you live into your discipleship by loving your neighbors, serving the least, fasting from self indulgence, sharing goods and comfort, caring for God’s creation, etc., you will not only please God by your efforts to live and move as Jesus teaches, but you will be establishing new patterns of living that may well carry on in your life when Easter dawns. This of course is the true hope behind the ancient tradition of adopting a “Lenten Discipline,” that we will actually begin living lives that conform more closely to the heart and mind of Christ.

Lent is a great adventure…a school for the soul. Welcome to a rich and deeply meaningful season. May God bless you in your personal efforts to observe a holy Lent!

Faithfully Yours in Christ –

+ Bishop Barker

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