“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your hearts, and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and filled with compassion and love.
~Joel 2: 12-13
Read Psalm 51
Take a moment to reflect
Read Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17
Listen to the sermon, "Coming Home"
Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: the early Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation. During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation in the life of the Church. In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer and fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.