Lent and Easter 2021
Wednesday, Feb. 17 marks the beginning of the season of Lent, 2021. We observe the season leading up to Easter with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
This year's Lent promises to be yet another unique experience as we continue to practice important health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are many faithful and creative Christians in The Diocese of Missouri, and God will help us find a way to properly observe this holy season.
Here is a sampling of events and resources happening around the diocese. We invite you to find ways to engage in virtual events, safely distanced events, or create your own Lenten studies at home. Be sure to send pictures and stories of your 2021 Lenten experiences.
Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter
Bishop Deon Johnson has put together a collection of simple services you can practice at home with your family or online with others. Use this resource however it works for you!
Holy Week and Easter Services for the Diocese
Bishop Deon Johnson and Dean Kathie Adams-Shepherd are pleased to announce a schedule of services for Holy Week and Easter originating from Christ Church Cathedral. Everyone throughout the diocese is invited to be a part of these services:
- Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
- Good Friday
Friday, April 2
Liturgy at Noon; Vespers at 7:30 p.m.
- The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
- Easter Day
Sunday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m.
All of these services will be streamed on these platforms:
Women of the Passion: A Journey to the Cross
Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m.
Zoom / St. Paul's, Carondelet
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Carondelet is again offering Women of the Passion, A Journey to the Cross, by Katie Sherrod, on Wednesday evening of Holy Week, March 31, livestreamed at 7 p.m. from St. Paul’s beautiful sanctuary.
Each Other's Keeper: The Church's Response to Violence
Diocesan Lenten Study
Tuesday evenings, Feb. 16 - March 23
6:30 - 8 p.m.
The level of gun violence and deaths reached historic proportions in 2020, both locally and nationally. Many of us are struggling to understand the causes and what we might do as people of faith to curb this ongoing tragedy.
The Rev. Dr. Marc Smith, the Bishop's Deputy for Violence Prevention, developed a six-week curriculum that uses video, readings and discussion. He will lead this Lenten study to explore the church's response to violence in Scripture and American culture.
All in the diocese are invited. There is no cost, but registration is required.
Hymn of the Week
For many of us, the loss of congregational singing is a regrettable consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So that we may continue to be enriched by our hymnody, the Rev. Brooke Myers is curating a new weekly column (beginning in Lent) to examine a hymn which is appropriate for the Sunday following its publication.
Lent Madness with Deaconess Anne House
Turn in your bracket by Ash Wednesday!
Deaconess Anne House invites you to participate in the (best ever) Lenten devotion of Lent Madness! Enter into Lent and learn about the Saints with us!
Lenten Study with Calvary, Columbia
Ceremonies for remembrance and release: This three-part series will invite us deep into the heart of who we are as Christians and explore how liturgy and Scripture invite us to consider our own necessary ceremonies for remembrance and release.
Lenten Opportunities at St. Michael & St. George
- Church Service League / ECW Lenten Series
- Pandemic Parenting Interactive Webinar
- Lenten Book Discussion
- Women's Lenten Retreat
The Episcopal Church of St. Michael & St. George in Clayton invites the diocese to engage in any or all of these three programs during Lent.
Women Worth Knowing
Thursday, Feb. 18, 25, and March 4, 11, 18, 25
2 p.m. (Central Time)
Register in advance
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Episcopal Women's History Project is presenting a series telling the stories of six women who have made an impact on the Episcopal Church. There will be time for discussion and questions. The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker, President of EWHP will be emcee. The sessions will be presented as a Zoom experience where there is room for all who wish to participate.
A Fast for the Earth: Lent 2021
A resource created by The Bishop's Committee on Creation Care, Diocese of Toronto
At the start of the biblical story, we are called to "serve and observe" the creation (Genesis 2:15). But sometimes we don't know what to observe or how to serve the land and creatures that surround us. This Lenten resource is provided to help us in our walk as servants of creation.
Lenten Opportunities at Mercy Conference and Retreat Center
- Surrender All to Love: An Online Lenten Retreat of Art & Reflection
- "Rich Fools and Faithful Servants": Lenten Reflections on Luke 12
Engage your inner artist or gain a better understanding of two parables in Luke with these Lenten offerings from Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in St. Louis.
Life Transformed - The Way of Love in Lent
A resource from the Episcopal Church
(includes video series, adult forum, quiet day curriculum, publicity materials, daily practice calendar)
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death, then we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, faith communities will be invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life.
Additional Lent Resources:
Teaching and Preaching: Churches Revisioning Unity in Christ Through the Holidays: Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), an ecumenical multilateral dialogue among ten Protestant faith communions in the USA including The Episcopal Church, offer new, ecumenical resources for reimagining Lent with a focus on hope and racial reconciliation. These resources include reflections from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
, and other leaders of CUIC member churches (In English only).
d365: Daily Devotionals: The Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Office sponsors online daily devotions with their Presbyterian USA and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship partners through d365.org. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through Lent, Holy Week, and the First Week of Easter, the website’s theme shifts to “Journey to the Cross” Artwork to support this theme is also available for download via the share tab on the landing page menu here (In English only).
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) Lenten Devotion Series: Featuring reflections from a wide range of authors throughout EMM’s network of supporters and friends, the devotions will be available on the EMM website and by email. Request the daily devotions by email here (In English only).