Lent and Easter 2018

The Ultimate New Beginning

Lent and Easter together constitute the most important season in the Christian year.

0301 Lent 2017Lent is a time to reflect on the year past, to take stock of who we are and what we’ve done. With reflection and with prayer, we chart a new course for ourselves for the coming year.

In 2018, join us on a guided journey through Lent. We invite you on six-week Lenten journey guided by the offering titled Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.
Meeting Jesus through the Gospel of JohnThrough short daily readings, prayers, and reflections, this offering will lead you on a journey through the biblical writings of the disciple John. Take the journey on your own, or better, become part of a small group at St. John’s that meets weekly to share thoughts and reflections. Click here to learn more about participating in this Lenten offering.

A Most Remarkable Week

Just before Easter we enter into Holy Week, the darkest days of the Christian year. Holy Week starts on a triumphant note on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, which marks Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Triumph is soon replaced by foreboding, with Jesus foretelling of His death, and with turmoil, denial, and betrayal among the disciples.

Depths of Sorrow, Heights of Joy

On Good Friday we recall Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross. This is the most sombre day of the Christian year as we bear witness to this dramatic climax in the conflict between good and evil.

Easter day itself is the most joyous day of the year. God completes what He started on Good Friday by bringing Jesus back to life. Through His resurrection, death is conquered and we gain the promise of eternal life. As we are thankful for Jesus’s restored life, we remember our Lenten reflections so that we may follow our commitment to renewal in our own lives.


Calendar of Special Services for Lent and Easter 2018

We invite you to be a part of the services at the family of congregations
in the St. John’s Minster during Lent and on the Easter weekend.

February 14 – Ash Wednesday
7:30 a.m. Spoken-word service that includes the imposition of ashes (marking of a cross on the forehead)
12:15 p.m. At St. Leonard’s Church, a traditional service with the choir and with the imposition of ashes
7:30 p.m. Service featuring the choir, a message, and the imposition of ashes
March 25 – Palm Sunday
9:00 a.m. The Sacred Table with Holy Communion
10:30 a.m. At St. Leonard’s Church, Holy Eucharist (BAS)
10:30 a.m. The Open Door – a celebration of Palm Sunday complete with palm fronds
11:30 a.m. The Forum – a free-form discussion time
Monday, March 26
7:30 p.m. Youth Passion – A gift from the youth of St. John’s, this service of Holy Eucharist reflects on what the cross of Jesus means to us.
Tuesday, March 27
11:00 a.m. At St. Leonard’s Church – Holy Eucharist (BAS)
Wednesday, March 28
7:30 p.m. Breathe at Yonge Lawrence Fellowship – A special evening of YLF worship with a communal feast. With a theme of Outpouring, we look at how the Passion is reflected in our own lives.
March 29 – Maundy Thursday
7:30 p.m. At St. Leonard’s Church – Holy Eucharist to commemorate The Last Supper followed by the Stripping of the Altar to prepare for Good Friday.
March 30 – Good Friday
10:00 a.m. A sombre service to reflect on Jesus’s supreme sacrifice on the cross. A children’s program takes place at the same time.
April 1 – Easter Sunday
9:00 a.m. The Sacred Table – a traditional service with Holy Communion to welcome the risen Christ.
10:30 a.m. At St. Leonard’s Church, a service of Holy Eucharist to welcome the risen Christ.
10:30 a.m. The Open Door – a joyful family service filled with music and praise celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. A special program is offered for the children during the service.


Where Events are Happening

Unless stated, events listed above take place at St. John’s York Mills Church.

St. John’s York Mills Church St. Leonard’s Church Yonge Lawrence Fellowship
19 Don Ridge Drive,
(Northeast of Yonge St.
and York Mills Ave.)
25 Wanless Avenue,
(Just north of Yonge St.
and Lawrence Ave.)
25 Wanless Avenue,
(Just north of Yonge St.
and Lawrence Ave.)
www.sjym.ca www.stleonardstoronto.org www.ylf.church


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