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Observing Pre-Lent

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Here at St. Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland we are currently observing Pre-Lent. Pre-Lent is the first step in a 3-fold intensification to prepare for the highest of all Feast Day on the Christian calendar, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Pre-Lent leads to Lent, also known as the Quadragesima (40 days before Easter) and finally to Passion Sunday through Holy Week, the last and most intense stage in this preparation sequence.

Pre-Lent is a turning from the joy of the Epiphany Season, when Christ is manifested in a series of “Epiphanies” to the world, to the journey toward Jerusalem to witness Christ’s redemptive work.

In our Lectionary, the theme for Pre-Lent is a call on the Church to greater fruitfulness and a clear vision for the work that Christ has prepared for His Church.  Such fruitfulness is essential to the Lenten journey that lies ahead.  The appointed Gospel for the Sunday Septuagesima (~70 days before Easter) is about the fruitfulness the Lord’s work in the parable of the householder who sends worker into the vineyard (Matt 20:1-15).  This is the fruitfulness of Divine Grace.

The Gospel for Sexagesima (~60 days before Easter) is the parable of the sower, the fruitfulness of God’s Word, taken from Luke 8:4-15.  Finally, the  last Sunday in Pre-Lent, Quinquagesima (~50 days before Easter) is about the fruitfulness of “true love and spiritual understanding” with the Gospel from Luke 18:31-43, Jesus healing the blind of Jericho.

The Wednesday following Quinquagesima is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.

Curious about Pre-Lent?  Stop by the church or contact us via email or telephone to learn more.