Lent

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Preludes and postludes are used in Lent. For a time, we had experimented with eliminating them.

The processional cross and the large metal wall cross behind the choir are replaced by the Lenten crosses made by Stan Hirsch from palm wood and beard. Since 2012 or earlier. Hirsch repaired damage to the crosses in 2013.

Except for the Great Litany procession at the 10 a.m. Eucharist on the First Sunday of Lent, only the altar party, crucifer, torches, and first Verger process in or out. Everyone else takes their position in pews and choir stalls ahead of the procession, and leaves during the postlude. This practice was overlooked in 2013 and 2014.

The Penitential Order is used at 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, except for the 10 a.m. Eucharist on the First Sunday of Lent, when the Great Litany is used. The Exhortation is not used, but the deacon (or the Celebrant when there is no deacon present) leads the Decalogue and calls the people to the Confession of Sin. Introduced in 2011.

The Trisagion is used in place of the Gloria or Kyrie Eleison, except at 10 a.m. on the First Sunday of Lent. (The Kyrie Eleison does not make sense after the Penitential Order because the Decalogue repeats “Lord, have mercy” ten times, and the absolution comes just before.) Introduced on 3 Lent 2012. This practice was overlookoed in 2013, and was implemented in 2014.

OPTIONAL: The Great Litany is chanted in solemn procession at 10 a.m. on the First Sunday of Lent, with a full procession. The liturgical ministers will need to be reminded to follow the choir and not move to their pews until the final entrance up the center aisle. Neither the Prayers of the People nor the Confession of Sin are used at this service. In 2013, the Great Litany was not used because we were making a major transition around bulletin production. The Great Litany was dropped again in 2014.

The Confession of Sin does not follow the Prayers of the People because it is used in the Penitential Order.

The Agnus Dei is used at the Fraction.

The Solemn Prayer over the People replaces the Blessing of the People.

8 a.m.

  • The Opening Acclamation is “Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins; / God’s mercy endureth for ever.”
  • The Rite One Decalogue is said as part of the Penitential Order.
  • The Comfortable Words are not used.

5 p.m. Saturday AND 10 a.m. Sunday

  • The Opening Acclamation is “Blessed be the God of our salvation: / Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.” (EOW1, p. 50)
  • The Rite Two Decalogue is said as part of the Penitential Order.
  • The Prayers of the People are Form 4, 1979 BCP p. 388.
  • The Confession of Sin and Absolution are from EOW1, p. 56.
  • Eucharistic Prayer 2  (EOW1, p. 60) is used.
  • The Lord’s Prayer is spoken.
  • The Postcommunion Prayer is “Almighty and everlasting …”, 1979 BCP p. 366.

Altar Guild

Vestments are purple. Where possible, metallic items (candlesticks, patens, chalices, and bowls) are not used, as described below, and the plainest forms of crystal or glass pieces are used.

Ceramic chalices and patens are used. In every case, the largest available chalices should be used because they hold more wine and require less frequent refilling. The “stack” should include a chalice with a large matching or complementary paten such as the rector’s purple Seabury set.

A plain (wood or ceramic) bowl is used in place of a metal lavabo bowl.

Bread is brought forward from the back table in a wood bowl or a basket, depending on the amount of bread.

The altar is vested very plainly with the normal fair linen and undercloths, with purple scarves or preferably none at all. The metallic candle holders are not used, and processional torches instead flank the altar with simple wood bases. The torches are placed at the center of the table. The floor is marked for placement.

Flowers are not used, but very austere displays of greens or other very plain decorations may be used. EXCEPTION: If we have a flower donor, pink roses or other pink flowers are appropriate for Rose Sunday (Laetare Sunday), the Fourth Sunday of Lent ONLY.

Crosses may be veiled in purple or unbleached linen if desired, but this is not required. Neither the large cross behind the choir nor the processional cross is veiled. Note: Crosses that lend themselves to physical removal should be removed and not veiled. The purpose of veiling crosses is to focus attention on the single large cross behind the choir and on the processional cross. Veiling a removable cross as a “decoration” does not make sense when the cross in question could be removed instead. All banners and other portable decorations in the church are removed.

For funerals in Lent, the paschal candle is used, white altar scarves are used, and flowers are optional. The church is not otherwise adapted.

On Ash Wednesday, a small amount (approximately 2 tsp.) of ashes are placed in each of some small plain bowls. There should be one bowl for each person administering ashes, and they should be placed on the center of the altar before the worship begins. Wet wipes should be available for the clergy in a convenient place behind the altar for clean-up after administration of ashes. A portable communion set is required for the 9 a.m. hike to the cross, with enough bread and wine for 50 people, a small amount of ashes in a ziplock bag, wet wipes, and one small bowl for each clergy person leading the hike. A small amount of ashes should be made ready in a ziplock bag along with wet wipes and one small bowl for each clergy person traveling to El Paseo for public administration of ashes.

Other Concerns

Consider publishing notices asking people to keep silence when entering the church.

See also Past Practice.

Last updated: February 3, 2015 at 14:36 pm

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