In some denominations, Fridays in Lent have historically been thought of as days of fasting and abstinence. Meals necessary to retain strength only, and abstinence from meat. I do not follow these "rules", but do try and spend "extra" time opening myself to God on Fridays. One way I do this is participating in a worship service called The Way of the Cross. This is a service that involves light chanting and movement through the nave of the church stopping and saying prayers and having readings at the Stations of the Cross that have been installed around the church space. We end it in celebrating Holy Eucharist.
People often ask: But what do you believe as Episcopalians? Long chats can ensue about theology and ecclesiology and liturgy and spirituality. Sometimes I take a short-cut and use what Jesus says today in our reading from John: Come and see. Come and see what we do, how we pray, how we worship, for our communal prayers embody what we believe and who we are.
Find a prayer service on Fridays during Lent. Come and see!
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