Observance of a Holy Lent at General Seminary

Students, Faculty, Staff, Friends and the Faithful are invited to enter into a

Holy Lent at The Chapel of the Good Shepherd

We will prepare to enter the Holy Season of Lent with the pre-Lenten celebration of Shrove Tuesday, March 4.  The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers will preach at the 6:00pm Community Eucharist.  There will be a pancake dinner to follow.

On March 5, Ash Wednesday, classes are suspended* and we will observe a day of quiet on the Close.   The General Theological Seminary community will begin the season of Lent and the day of quiet, with Morning Prayer and reflection followed by the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist.

During Lent we enter into a season of repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline, in acknowledgement of our created nature.  We are made in the image of God, and though at times we may forget this, we can be assured that God does not.  By that assurance we enter this season and its journey without trepidation, but with a spirit of discovery.  Like centuries of Christians before us, instructed by the life of Christ, and nourished by Christ’s words captured in Holy Scripture, we journey in return to God through self-examination.  Looking inward we discover in new ways the unchanging truth of God’s love for creation, and are moved to make love known in the world.

Let us begin our return journey inward, in corporate worship being marked with an outward sign of our repentance and love for God.  Please consider attending one or all of the scheduled Ash Wednesday observances.

8:30 Centering Prayer

9:00 Morning Prayer

Reflection by Dr. Andrew Irving, Assistant Professor of Church History

Break for quiet reflection and meditation

11:30 The Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist

The Very Reverend Katherine (Kate) B Moorehead, 10th Dean of St. John’s Cathedral, Diocese of Florida, preacher

12:30 Simple Lunch

5:30 Rite I Evensong

“Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return”

Genesis 3:19

*Please also note that classes are suspended on April 17, Maundy Thursday and April 21, Easter Monday.

About our Guests:

The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers is the Canon for Missional Vitality in the Diocese of Long Island, author ofRadical Welcome: Embracing the God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation and co-author with Eric Law of The Episcopal Way, Book 1 of the upcoming “Church’s Teachings for a Changing World” series (August 2014). Canon Spellers serves as Chaplain to the Episcopal House of Bishops and founded The Crossing congregation at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. The recent chair for the Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism, she speaks and teaches nationally about sharing the gospel across cultures and generations. She lives in Brooklyn.

The Very Reverend Katherine (Kate) B Moorehead, is 10th Dean of St. John’s Cathedral and Dean of the Diocese of Florida.  She came to Florida from Wichita, Kansas, where she served as the rector of St. James Episcopal Church for eight years.  Prior to serving St. James, she was rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Bolling Springs, SC.  The Dean is author of four books, Organic God (2006), Between Two Worlds (2004) and Get Over Yourself: God’s Here (2009).  Her latest book is Resurrecting Easter, which has just been released.