Lent and Easter 2019

The Ultimate New Beginning

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

Taking Time to Evaluate and Renew

0301 Lent 2017Lent is a time to reflect on the year past, to take stock of who we are and what we’ve done. The forty days of Lent mirror Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness. Just as Jesus faced temptation, we look at the forces at work in our own lives and see where we have gone astray. We repent, that is, we acknowledge past transgressions and commit to a new beginning – to live a healthier, more virtuous life. We pray to seek God’s guidance and help, without which we can achieve nothing.

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 somber 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 2019

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.

March 6 – 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 with hymns, a message, and the imposition of ashes
April 14 – 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
Tuesday, April 16
11:00 a.m. At St. Leonard’s Church – Holy Eucharist (BAS)
Wednesday, April 17
7:30 p.m. Breathe at Yonge Lawrence Fellowship – A special evening of YLF worship.
April 18 – Maundy Thursday
7:30 p.m. At St. Leonard’s Church – Holy Eucharist to commemorate The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples.
April 19 – Good Friday
10:00 a.m. A somber service to reflect on Jesus’s supreme sacrifice on the cross. A children’s program takes place at the same time.
April 21 – Easter Sunday
10:00 a.m. A joyful service filled with music and praise celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. A special program is offered for the children during the service.
10:30 a.m. At St. Leonard’s Church, a service of Holy Eucharist to welcome the risen Christ.


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.church www.ylf.church


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