Daily Devotions during COVID-19
I saw a sign on a church notice board that said, "I didn't expect to give up THIS much for Lent." I think many of us feel that way.
For the next two weeks, we will worship in our Xenia community; I also invite you to worship with the wider Christian community for principal services.
Virtual Worship at Christ Episcopal Xenia
March 29: Morning Prayer
March 30-April 4: The Penitential Psalms
Each evening by 8.00 pm I will say Evening Prayer on the CECX Facebook page-with an extra psalm. Through the week of March 29-April 4, we will ponder the 7 Penitential Psalms. I will give a reflection on each of the psalms during Morning Prayer. I will email a lovely copy of these psalms, but of course you can find them in your prayer book in the Psalter section which begins on p. 585.
Holy Week and the Gospel According to Matthew: April 5-April 12
Each evening by 8.00 pm I will say Evening Prayer on the CECX Facebook page-and will offer a reflection on one of the chapters of the Gospel According to Matthew leading up to and including Easter Sunday. The readings in Morning Prayer for this week are from Mark and John, so reading Matthew will be another perspective on the Passion.
I won't read the whole chapter on the video; I'll reflect on a sentence or a section from the chapter.
Individual Devotion: Stations of the Cross
I will be joining the diocese to reflect on the Stations of the Cross each evening. This will be a private devotional for me, but if you do also choose to participate in this devotional, know that we will be doing this together. You will find the diocesan Stations of the Cross here
under "Worship Resources.
Worship in the wider Communion: Palm Sunday, Triduum and Easter
For Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday principle services, I invite you to join the National Cathedral, Christ Cathedral Cincinnati, or any of the churches in our diocese that have live services.
Christ Church Cathedral Cincinnati Morning Prayer Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., plus Noon Service on Zoom
To find other churches in diocese:
Morning Prayer on 3/29 Evening Prayer 3/30-April 12
Find ''video" on left hand list. Click on video. If the video is not live, scroll down and find the recording of the day. Or simply click on the video to the right on this web page you are on.
I will be mailing devotional resources to congregants who do not have computers. I will send that material to you by email.
Please continue to look out for each other.
Please do let me know if there are concerns from our parish for me to lift up in Evening Prayer.
And although this time in a kind of isolated desert may not be what we want, may it turn out to be a catalyst for refreshment and renewal that we could not have planned or otherwise known.
-Rev. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore