2021 Lenten Resources

2021 Lenten Resources

A Message from Our Dean, The Very Reverend Dane Boston

Have you ever made a wrong turn? I have, as Debby will readily tell you. And I have a terrible habit when I make a wrong turn: I usually keep driving! I always assume I’ll be able to find a new shortcut or a different route and end up at the same destination in spite of my error. I stubbornly keep going, adding time and frustration to my mistake. But eventually, inevitably, there comes a moment when I have to recognize I’m wrong, stop the car, and turn around if I’m going to get to where I’m meant to be.

That is what the season of Lent is all about. It is God’s invitation to us to recognize where we have made wrong turns in our lives, to stop, and to turn around. That doesn’t mean Lent is easy! I know I can stubbornly persist in my sins just as I can stubbornly persist in a dead-end shortcut while driving. But these forty days of preparation for Holy Week and Easter give each and every one of us the chance to humble ourselves, confess that we have strayed “in thought, word, and deed,” and return to our merciful Lord. Lent calls us to remember where we started, and where we are headed together.

Many people “give things up” in Lent, fasting from ordinary pleasures as a way to discipline our bodies and our souls. Increasingly, many people choose also to “take things on” in Lent, adding to their ordinary regimen of spiritual practices as a way to honor this season. Whatever your custom, I invite you to a holy Lent at Trinity Cathedral in this strange year. May God grant you the grace to examine your life, repent of your sins, and remember who--and whose--you are.

 

Faithfully,

The Very Reverend Dane E. Boston, Dean

 

Lent at Trinity

In addition to our Sunday services and the Daily Office, here are some special opportunities for prayer and study this Lent:

 

Rooted in Love: Daily Meditations by Cathedral and Diocesan Clergy

Because the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from observing our Lenten Speaker Series in our customary way, we are trying something a little different. This year, instead of a guest preacher on Wednesdays in Lent, the clergy of the Cathedral and our Diocesan House will offer brief daily meditations from the Cathedral, based on the book Rooted in Love. This readable volume was edited by the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend and Right Honorable Sarah Mullally, and includes reflections composed by her colleague bishops in the Diocese of London. Our video meditations can enhance your reading of the book, should you choose to purchase a copy, but will also stand on their own if you’d prefer simply to watch one each day.

Click here for more information.

 

Lenten Weeknight and Sunday Evensong

Our incredible Music Department continues to find new and creative ways to glorify God and lead our people in worship. Here is a listing of offerings throughout Lent (all are livestreamed):

Sundays at 4pm: Choral Evensong

Tuesdays at 7:30pm: Choral Evensong

Wednesdays at 6pm: Choral Evensong

Thursdays at 8pm: Compline

Ash Wednesday: 7:30 pm service via livestream, Cathedral Choir of Girls

Bach Vespers: February 18 at 8 pm, and March 25 at 8 pm (will take the place of Compline on those dates).

All Evensong streams will be aired on trinitysc.org/live and Facebook.com/TrinityCathedralSC. After airing, they are stored here to access anytime.

 

The Dean’s Lenten Bible Study

If Lent is a time for turning away from our sins, then what are we turning towards? You might say simply “We are turning towards God!” You’d be right, of course...but what does that turn towards God mean for who we are and how we live in the world? What difference does that turn make--in our daily moments, the ordering of our lives, and in eternity? Join Dean Dane Boston this Lent as he leads us in a Zoom Bible Study through the Letter to the Ephesians on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, beginning Wednesday, February 24.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar:
When: Feb 24, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wed, until Mar 31, 2021, 6 occurrence(s) Feb 24, 2021 6:30 PM, Mar 3, 2021 6:30 PM, Mar 10, 2021 6:30 PM, Mar 17, 2021 6:30 PM, Mar 24, 2021 6:30 PM, Mar 31, 2021 6:30 PM.

Topic: Lenten Bible Study with Dean Boston: The Letter to the Ephesians

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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To Watch the Previous Bible Study Zoom Recordings: 

February 24, 2021: Click Here

Be the Bridge 101

Building off last summer’s book study on One Blood by civil rights icon John M. Perkins, we will continue to pursue the work of racial reconciliation and anti-racism during this Lenten season. Be the Bridge 101 is a faith-based curriculum that explores what it means to be White in America. We will consider issues such as White Identity, White Privilege, White Fragility, and White Supremacy. These are phrases and issues that can make us uncomfortable and cause tension. We'll examine that discomfort, have a little homework, engage in prayer and self-reflection, and then talk about next steps along the path toward racial reconciliation in God's Kingdom. Small groups will meet for 6 weeks via zoom beginning February 21, with meetings on Sundays after church as well as Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Join Canon Dorian Del Priore and other small group leaders in the work of bridge building. Please pre-register for one of the dates (Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday) in advance to receive Zoom credentials. To register, click here. If you have questions, please contact Canon Del Priore: dorian@trinitysc.org