Lent at St. Martin’s

Shrove Tuesday Annual Family Dinner and Fireworks Display
Tuesday, March 5
5 – 7:30 p.m.
Bagby Parish Hall
Everyone is invited to attend this Parish family gathering that includes a traditional pancake dinner along with red beans and rice, live entertainment, children’s activities and prizes. Weather permitting and with the approval of the Fire Marshall, we also will observe the beginning of Lent with a fireworks display. The dinner is a ticketed event. For more information, contact Bruce Morgan at 713-985-3810 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Ash Wednesday Services
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday, March 6
7 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.
The Church
The first day of Lent is a special day of Holy Obligation.


Ash Wednesday 24-hour Prayer Vigil
Wednesday, March 6, 8 a.m. until Thursday, March 7, 8 a.m.
The Chapel
Sign up for a prayer time on one of the posters to be located at the Chapel, Refectory, Old Church or in the Narthex of The Church. The Chapel will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday for prayer time.


Lenten Weekday Holy Eucharist
Weekdays, March 7 – April 12
7 a.m.
The Chapel
Holy Eucharist offers Parishioners a special weekday time of prayer and worship as they prepare for Lent.


Thursday Afternoon Adult Lenten Series
Stop the World…I Want to Get Off!
4 – 5 p.m.
Hope and Healing Center Auditorium
Each day we have 86,400 seconds to spend. Don’t they seem to just fly by? In our busy, full and incredibly demanding lives, do we make time to follow the Psalmist’s Prayer to “…be still and know God?” Stop the world – at least for an hour each week – and join us for Thursday afternoons as our gifted speakers share how they personally grow in their faith through the practice of various spiritual disciplines.
March 7 – The Rev. Chad Martin
March 14 – Canon Dr. Christina Baxter
March 21 – The Rt. Rev. Mike Hill
March 28 – The Rev. R-J Heijmen
April 4 – The Rev. Alex Large
April 11 – The Rev. Sarah Condon


Stations of the Cross
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 and Tuesday – Thursday, April 16 – 18
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Friday, April 19
1:15 – 2 p.m.
The Church
Parishioners and guests are invited to make their own pilgrimage along the Via Dolorosa, or “Way of Sorrows,” during Lent 2019. The Stations of the Cross depict the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus and the devotion commemorating the Passion. You are invited to “walk the stations” on your own, making your own spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, while meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. For more information, contact Barbara Piana at 713-830-4116 or bpiana@stmartinsepiscopal.org.


Wednesday Evening Adult Lenten Series
Last Lectures…
5:15 – 6:15 p.m., Dinner
Bagby Parish Hall (Café St. Martin’s dinner prices are charged for the meal.)
5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist
The Church
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Program
Bagby Parish Hall
What if our Clergy had only one more message to share…what might they say? Join us on Wednesday evenings as Clergy members share what they believe would be their own words, if it was, in fact, their last time to speak. Each person will bring their own unique perspective to share for an evening of food, fellowship and no doubt, inspirational and thought provoking messages.
March 13 – The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
March 20 – The Rt. Rev. Mike Hill
March 27 – The Rev. Dr. Suse McBay
April 3 – Dr. David Peterson
April 10 – Rev. Dr. Jim Jackson, Jr.

Stripping of the Palms
Tuesday, April 9
1 – 4 p.m.
The Island
Before crosses can be made, the palm leaves must be stripped and divided. All are invited to help with this preparation.


Palm Cross Making 
Wednesday, April 10
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Island
All are welcome to join members of the Altar Guild as they make palm crosses to be distributed on Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday. This annual tradition is a fun and meaningful time of fellowship and service. Please bring your scissors. For more information, contact Barbara Piana at
713-830-4116 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday, April 14
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist
The Church
9 and 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., Holy Eucharist and dramatic re-enactment
The Church
9:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist and dramatic reading at Family Table
Old Church
11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist and dramatic reading at the Altar
Old Church
Join us as we celebrate the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday and witness Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem through a dramatic re-enactment and readings. Our Sunday of the Passion encourages participation for all members of the Parish family.


Maundy Thursday Dinner and Drama 
Thursday, April 18
5 p.m.
Bagby Parish Hall
This casual, quiet dinner and drama will feature Middle Eastern food as we explore some of the events of Jesus’ ministry. This will be a ticketed event. Reservations will be required.


Holy Week Services
Holy Monday, April 15
7 a.m. and 6 p.m.*, Holy Eucharist
The Chapel

Holy Tuesday, April 16
7 a.m. and 6 p.m.*, Holy Eucharist
The Chapel

Holy Wednesday, April 17
7 a.m. and 6 p.m.*, Holy Eucharist
The Chapel
Noon, Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing (Holy Unction)
The Chapel

Maundy Thursday, April 18
7 a.m., Holy Eucharist
The Chapel
7 p.m.*, Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Stripping of the Altar, Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir
The Church
The service concludes in the Wayside Chapel area as we gather around the Great Cross.

Good Friday, April 19
Noon,* Liturgy for Good Friday with sermon and Parish Choir
The Church
Noon, For children: Worship and activities for K – 5th grade
Founders’ Hall
6 p.m.*, The Parish Choir presents “The Crucifixion” by John Stainer
The Church

Holy Saturday Baptism, April 20
9:30 a.m.,
Holy Baptism
The Church

* Child care is available for infants – pre-K during these services.