Lent & Easter at Emmaus 2018

Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).
(BCP, p. 265)
Cited from the official web site of The Episcopal Church; www.episcopalchurch.org/page/calendar-church-year.

When is Lent 2018?

Lent Begins

Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2017

The Holy Triduum

Maundy Thursday: March 29, 2018
Good Friday: March 20, 2018
Holy Saturday: March 31, 2018

Lent Ends

Lent ends with the beginning of the Season of Easter.
Easter Day: April 1, 2018

How will the Emmaus Community observe Lent?

The Emmaus Community will observe Lent through worship, prayer, meditation, study, and the taking on of spiritual disciplines.

Whether you are a lifelong Episcopalian, of another Christian denomination, new to the faith, or 'so done' with religion, all are welcome to join, learn, and discover together!

Sundays, February 18, 25 & March 4, 11, 18

Worship & Learn with Us!

4pm worship; 5pm-5:30pm fellowship hour

Join us during our weekly worship service throughout this most reflective season. During Lent, we will conduct our services using a physical copy of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), the book which has guided liturgical worship in the Anglican Church since it's debut in 1549. As we juggle flipping pages in our prayer book, and learn to appreciate the convenience of seasonally printed bulletins and more modern technology, we'll begin to understand the beauty of this book and the opportunity for common worship it provides throughout The Episcopal Church and the greater Anglican Communion. The Book of Common Prayer is the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer.

Emmaus Chapel: 13327 N. 152nd Ave., Surprise
Book of Common Prayer, Title Page

Sunday, March 25

Palm Sunday Agape Meal

Begins at 4:00pm - Emmaus Chapel

Join us as we trace Jesus' journey through the last week of His earthly ministry, beginning with a procession of palms honoring Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Worship takes place around a common table where all are invited to join in this Holy Week Agape (Love) Meal of Seder-inspired foods, as we recount decisive moments of Jesus' last week, sharing Eucharist during the meal, as Jesus did with his Disciples that Last Supper. Then, after the dinner table has been cleared and the altar stripped, those wishing are invited to join Emmaus' Youth & Young Adult groups in a one-hour silent vigil in observance of Jesus' request to "stay awake with me one hour" (Matthew 26:40) while he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane in the moments before his arrest.

Friday, March 30

Good Friday

Services to be announced.

"The cross is what love looks like in a broken world."  - Miroslav Volf
This traditional, contemplative service begins in darkness as we remember Jesus' betrayal, death upon the cross, and burial. All are invited to join us in preparation for Easter as we remember Jesus' love for us, even in death.
What is The Episcopal Church?
Whether you are a life-long Episcopalian looking for detailed information about our church, or have just accidentally stumbled upon our site and wonder what The Episcopal Church is, this study is for you!

Come and join us as Pastor Emilie guides a teaching and discussion on the history and beliefs of The Episcopal Church. Learn about our deeply rooted history, beginning in the earliest years of the Middle Ages and growth through the Reformation. Then travel with us as British Colonists brought the church with them to the American continent and the church evolve through the American Revolution into what we now know as The Episcopal Church.

All are invited to join us for a simple supper of home-made soup and bread beginning at 6:00pm. Study/Discussion will begin promptly at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, February 27: Augustine of Canterbury and the Medieval English Church
Tuesday, March 6: The English Reformation and Classical Anglican Theology
Tuesday, March 13: Anglicans in the American Colonies and The Episcopal Church
Tuesday, March 20: Episcopal Doctrine and Worship: What do we Believe?
All are invited to adopt a new discipline this Lent.
Traditionally thought of as "giving something up for Lent," this spiritual practice is meant to imitate the forty days and nights of Christ's fast in the wilderness. Emmaus members are invited adopt a new spiritual practice that honors "your body (as) a temple of the Holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 6:19) Perhaps the practice of giving up sweets, or the coffee you normally rely resonates with you. Perhaps your goal is to become more physically or emotionally fit. Perhaps you desire to enhance your prayer life. Participants will be asked to choose one discipline either to add or take away from their daily routine. Then, our community will commit to supporting each member in their personal discipline. At the end of the season we will take pause to examine the impact this process has had on our individual lives, and on that of our community as a whole.
The Psalter - a 30-Day Cycle
As an example of one potential spiritual discipline, consider a commitment to reading and prayerfully considering the Psalms this lent. Found in the Book of Common Prayer, this 30-day reading cycle will guide you through that process. You'll navigate the Psalter, with nine days to spare before Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week.

Sunday, April 1

Easter at Emmaus

Begins at 4:00pm

Worship with us as we begin this joyful season celebrating Jesus' Resurrection! Enjoy a traditional, uplifting service followed by a "coffee hour" of British tea and scones! Children of all ages are invited to join in the search for treat-filled Easter eggs - which will continue to appear throughout this fifty-day long season!

*Please note: The Path, The Road, & The Journey will not meet on Easter Sunday so that all may spend the holiday with their families.