Lent 2019: “A BETTER YOU. A BETTER WORLD.”
“If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5.17)
This year's theme for Lent at Holy Trinity Church is "A Better You. A Better World," This theme is firmly grounded in the faith that in Jesus Christ we will find both a better self as we strive to discover and uncover our true personhood in Him, and that by doing so we bring His presence more visibly and powerfully into the world around us.
At a witness to that foundational tenet of Orthodox Christian spirituality, Patriarch Shenoudah writes the following in his book, "The Life of Repentance and Purity":
Keep away from everything that keeps God’s love away from your heart. Protect this love by taking every precaution, because it casts out from you the love of sin. As the love of God increases in you, your heart rejects sin and is disgusted by it. You then regret your first days when you loved sin. Thus God grants you a new heart that loves God, and which is completely different from the old heart. In this heart that loves God you worship Him with joy, and you will not find it difficult to keep His commandments.You will then sing with John the Beloved, saying: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5.3). Why are they not burdensome? It is because you live in them with joy, with love, without inner struggle troubling you. You will not find another law in your members warring against the law of your mind, to bring you into captivity to the law of sin (Romans 7.23).
One of the most powerful ways we experience this divine love in the Orthodox Church is through worship. Many services begin with the Great Litany's call, "In peace let us pray to the Lord." During Lent there are many special oppotunities to do so as a community of faith and the Body of Christ. Please join us! A complete schedule of Lenten service can be found by clicking on the image above or here. Not on the journey yet? Why not start today?
Looking for more information on Lent? The Archdiocese's award-winning website has many great resources:
Podcast: "Lent: A Time to Blossom" (Sermon)
In-person: Join us for services at Holy Trinity Church throughout Lent. The Lenten services schedule can be found here.
Online: Not able to make it in person? Join us online for all our services at www.HolyTrinityPgh.org/live.