Lenten Journey 2013

Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Lenten Journey 2013

 Lent is the period of 40 days (Sundays not included in the count) of preparation before Easter. During the time of reflection, we invite you to take a Lenten spiritual journey using the resources below.


In honor of Ash Wednesaday, parishes took ashes to more than 18 locations throughout the diocese to offer ashes and prayers to passers by. See photos and reactions from the Ashes-to-go stations throughout the diocese

Daily Devotions

A variety of Lenten devotions are available for your individual reflection.

  • St. John's, Lafayette Square is offering a a daily blog, Pathways through Lent, where reflections from members will appear each day. Visit the blog to find out more.

  • Visit Episcopal Relief & Development's website for information on their daily meditations focusing on ending world hunger. The meditations are available in both English and Spanish.

  • The Society of Saint John the Evangelist will offer a daily video series called "Praying Our Lives." Watch an introduction to the series to learn more.

Lenten Education

Lent can be a time to explore, learn, and grow as an Episcopalian. Opportunities are available for individual and group education

  • St. Paul's, K Street offers a Wednesday night series on evangelism throughout Lent. Topics include how to appeal to young adults, storytelling, and how we are called as a community and individuals to reach out. Find out more about the series

  • Lent Madness provides a fun and educational way to learn about the saints in the 32 different saints through a bracket-style competition. In each round, you learn more about each of the saints and are given the opportunity to vote your favorites into the next round. The competition kicks off on Ash Thursday, February 14, 2013. Fill out your bracket and vote for your favorite saints

People of the Way

What is redemption? What is sacrifice? What is a savior? Christianity was born in an era other than our own. Therefore, so was its language. Join us as we explore the Biblical intention of our Christian vocabulary. See our words in a new light and consider how using them both expands and narrows our expression of faith. During Lent, we are encouraging parishes and individuals to read Marcus Borg's book "Speaking Christian." Find resources for reading groups and guides for individual reading. Books are available through AmazonBarnes and Noble, iTunes, at Convention, and other bookstores.

Holy Week

Join parishes throughout the Diocese of Washington for these unique experiences during Holy Week:

  • Holy Week Witness- Stations of the Cross: Episcopal Bishops from Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and Newark invite everyone in their dioceses to Washington to pray for the victims of gun violence across our country in a public stations of the cross. We invite everyone to this public liturgy, to pray and offer public witness.
    We'll begin at 10:30 on March 25th in the park across from St. John's Lafayette Square and make our way down National Mall, praying as we go. The Stations liturgy will conclude at the Capitol, and those who wish to meet with political leaders to ask for specific legislative action will proceed to the Rotunda. At approximately 2 p.m. we will assemble in the Library of Congress for remarks from church and government leaders in support gun reform and legislative actions pending in Congress. 
    Read Bishop Mariann's letter to the clergy about the stations of the cross

  • The Seven Last Words of Christ: One of the most powerful practices Christians can participate in during Good Friday is reflecting on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the cross. The Transfiguration organist and choir present Dubois’ moving Seven Last Words of Christ at 7:00, March 29th, Good Friday Night. More information...