Join fellow believers at Grace and Holy Trinity Church’s Wednesday evening Lenten series on March 13, 20 & 27. “Lent Past and Present” will feature Dr. Sydney Watts, Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Richmond. On these three Wednesday evenings we’ll gather for dinner, program and compline from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the church.
Dr. Watts has authored Meat Matters: Butchers, Politics and Market Culture in Old Regime Paris and her research on the history of Lent and the rise of secular society in early modern Europe is fascinating. Invite a friend to come with you and enjoy simple Lenten fare and interesting information about Lenten customs, rituals and shared meals.
Child care will be offered (please pre-register by contacting Aaron Davis) and reservations (for dinner) are due by Monday noon prior to the Wednesday evening program. Contact Barbara Hobson-Simpson for a reservation.
March 13 | The Season of Lent
This session examines the ways the early church defined the forty day period we know as Lent during the liturgical calendar. Dr. Watts will highlight biblical, environmental and cultural influences that define this season of reflection and preparation. She will also address how worshipers subscribed to the seasonal practice across medieval and early modern Europe.
March 20 | The Rituals of Lent
A wide variety of rituals surround Lent, particularly in the period of the Reformation when the Church split over the question of “doing penance.” Lent was a period known for spiritual discipline and fasting as much as it was a celebration of piety. What do these rituals reveal about how Christians viewed themselves in the past, and how they see themselves today?
March 27 | The Shared Meals of Lent
For many, Lent is about personal sacrifice–what we “give up” for Lent, developing deeper spiritual focus through fasting and prayer. But this period can also be seen as a form of corporate worship and a shared expression of religious identity. This final session looks at the historical practices of communal fasts as well as the shared meals to break the fast among a body of believers.