Lent is a 40-day observance beginning with Ash Wednesday where Episcopalians and Christians around the world acknowledge their failings, faults and sins. On Ash Wednesday, Clergy impose ashes on worshipers’ forehead, making the sign of the cross. The liturgical color of the season is purple. The color purple represents the penitent mood of Lent.
Lenten Quiet Day
Lenten Quiet Day is a reflective day of prayer, meditation and contemplation. This day is central to St. Martin’s Lent traditions and is sponsored by St. Martin's Chapter of OSL.
Into the Desert
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Parish Life Center
The image of the desert reminds Christians not only of Jesus’ entry into the wilderness at the beginning of His earthly ministry, but the spiritual dryness that they sometimes encounter in their spiritual journeys. Time in the desert forces Christians to face truth about themselves and truth about God. The season of Lent usually calls them to wrestle with their complacency in their walk with Christ, forcing Christians to respond to a renewed call to new life amid these periods of aridness.
St. Martin’s Clergy will share meditations on three themes of the desert.
A Very Special
Icon Writing with Teresa Harrison
Monday–Thursday, March 20–23
8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 24
8:30 a.m.– 2 p.m.
St. Martin’s hosts renowned instructor Teresa Harrison for a five-day course in the ancient technique of icon writing during Lent. Icons are sacred images used in Christian worship and devotion for millennia. This popular retreat inspires prayerful meditation, both in creating the art and reflecting upon the finished piece during the season of Lent. Organizers have planned full days that include worship, prayer time, meditation and fellowship. Participants write their own icons using acrylic paint and gold leaf, a medium that resembles the traditional egg tempera. All art supplies are included in the registration fee. Students need to bring a small desk lamp and an apron or smock.
Please check back later for registration information.
Wednesday Evening Lent Series
Wednesdays, March 1-29, 2023
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist - The Church
5:45-6:15 p.m. Dinner - Bagby Parish Hall
6-7:30 p.m. Program - Bagby Parish Hall
As one of the 20th century’s most famous atheists-turned-Christians, C.S. Lewis has much to offer as Christians consider the heart of this Season of Lent: repentance and change. With a different speaker for each week, culminating in a screening of Max McClean’s film “A Reluctant Convert,” the series will explore different dynamics of change and renewal through the lens of Lewis’ writings.
March 1: The Rt. Rev. Mike Hill
March 8: Mr. Robert Sloan
March 15: Mr. David Lumpkins
March 22: The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
March 29: Mr. Max McLean
Max McLean will come to Houston on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, for a public screening of “The Most Reluctant Convert.”
Thursday Afternoon Lent Series
Thursdays, March 2-30, 2023
Chapel Reception Hall
St. Martin’s Clergy will share their stories of change. Following Jesus brings with it changes of all kinds: from personal change within, to change of careers, geography and more. What is like to have God turn a person about 180 degrees? What lessons have the Clergy learned and what wisdom do they have to share? Come along to find out more.