Lent at St. Martin’s

Crucifixion Nail

In observance of the crucifixion of Christ, nails with a prayer card can be picked up in the Narthex of The Church and Old Church beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14. The  nail can serve as a prayer reminder during Lent for Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. Following the church service and stripping of the altar on Maundy Thursday, March 29, parishioners will be invited to the Wayside Chapel where they can hammer their nails into a wooden cross. Church members also may hammer nails into the cross on Good Friday, March 30, before the noon service and pray with Clergy at both entrances to the Narthex of The Church. Members of the Vestry will then carry the cross into The Church during the service and  erect it on the nave floor in front of the altar rail.

Lenten Weekday Holy Eucharist

Weekdays, February 15 – March 29
7 a.m.
The Chapel
Holy Eucharist offers Parishioners a special weekday time of prayer and worship as they prepare for Lent. Breakfast is available in Café St. Martin’s for a $4 donation after the service on Wednesdays only.

A Six-week Thursday Afternoon Adult Lenten Series with St. Martin’s Clergy

Thursdays, February 15 and 22, and March 1, 8, 15 and 22
4 – 5 p.m.
Old Church
It is one thing to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, it is quite another to grow in a life of discipleship. In his Second Epistle, the Apostle Peter urges the early Christians to “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (II Peter 3:18) How do we do that? Come and spend some time with the Revs. Sarah Condon, Jonathan Adams, Chad Martin, Alex Large and Dr. Suse McBay as they share how they, themselves, have experienced growth in their journey with Jesus, and offer insight into how you may find new ways to grow more deeply in your faith as well.

Recommended Reading to Complement the Lenten Series
Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life. The book is available for purchase in St. Martin’s Bookstore & Gift Shoppe.

Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21 and Tuesday – Thursday, March 27 – 29
3:30 – 5 p.m.
The Church
Parishioners and guests are invited to make their own pilgrimage along the Via Dolorosa, or “Way of Sorrows,” during Lent 2018. 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” making your own spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, while meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death.

The Stations of the Cross Brochure
The free brochure The Stations of the Cross available in The Church Narthex can be used as a guide on this spiritual journey. Each station is illustrated by a photograph and accompanied by a reading describing the station and reflective words and prayers.

Wednesday Evening Adult Lenten Series

The Chronicles of C.S. Lewis – Reflections on the Life of the Sinner and Saint
Wednesdays, February 21 and 28, and March 7, 14 and 21
5 – 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 (no homily)
The Church
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Program
Bagby Parish Hall
Hardly a sermon is preached today without some reference to one of the greatest apologists the Christian faith has known, Dr. Clive Staples Lewis. A professor of medieval literature, Lewis was born into the Anglican communion, but came – perhaps it could be said – kicking and screaming into the Christian faith. A proud non-believer, through the grace of God he experienced a miraculous conversion to full-throated Christianity and then became one of its best and most articulate of lay theologians, voices and minds of the last century. Join us for five weeks in the season of Lent as the Rev. Dr. Levenson, Jr., a special guest speaker and an enlightening play give us some greater insight into the life and work of C.S. Lewis.

February 21
From Sinner to Saint – The Conversion of C.S. Lewis
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

February 28
The Reality and Role of Good, Evil and the Power of God
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

March 7
St. Martin’s Night at A.D. Players Theater – “C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert” with Max McLean
7 p.m.
A.D. Players Theater, 5420 Westheimer
Group ticket pricing: $48 per ticket (Tier 1 seating; limited number of tickets available for purchase in St. Martin’s Bookstore & Gift Shoppe) The play takes the place of the program, Café St. Martin’s dinner will not be offered and child care is available only during the worship service for Wednesday, March 7.

March 14
Moral Life and Sanctification
Dr. Louis Markos, Professor of English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University

March 21
The Megaphone of God? A Journey Into and Through Suffering
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Max McLean
Max McLean is an award-winning actor, and founder and artistic director of New York Citybased Fellowship for Performing Arts. Max adapted for the stage The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, The Great Divorce, Genesis and Mark’s Gospel. His recent writing and producing credits include Martin Luther on Trial, which premiered in New York in December 2016.

Louis Markos
Dr. Louis Markos holds a B.A. in English and History from Colgate University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and  Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University (HBU), where he teaches courses on Romantic and Victorian Poetry, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and Film and Art; he also lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome, Middle Ages and Renaissance, and Romanticism for HBU’s Honors College. He is the author of more than 130 essays and 16 books, including From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, Apologetics for the 21st Century, and The Dreaming Stone (a children’s novel in which his children become part of Greek mythology). He has also given more than 300 public lectures in Rome, Oxford, British Columbia and some 25 states.

Stripping of the Palms

Tuesday, March 20
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, March 21
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.

Sunday of the Passion

Palm Sunday, March 25
8 a.m.*, Holy Eucharist
The Church
9 a.m.* and 11:15 a.m.*, Dramatic re-enactment
The Church
9:15 a.m.*, Dramatic reading at Family Table
Old Church
11:15 a.m.*, Dramatic reading at the Altar
Old Church
6 p.m., Holy Eucharist
The 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.

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

Holy Week Services

Holy Monday
March 26
7 a.m. and 6 p.m.*, Holy Eucharist
The Chapel

Holy Tuesday
March 27
7 a.m. and 6 p.m.*, Holy Eucharist
The Chapel

Holy Wednesday
March 28
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
March 29
7 a.m., Holy Eucharist
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
March 30
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 Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois
The Church

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

Easter Family Festival

Saturday, March 31
10 a.m.
The Island and Soccer Field
Presented by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Martin’s, these fun festivities celebrate with old and new traditions, including a reading of the Easter story, Easter egg hunt, crafts, petting zoo and more. Remember to bring your Easter egg baskets. This is family fun for children and adults.