Lent & Easter

Prayer, Preparation, The Resurrection

 The 40 days of Lent for 2021 extend from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 17) through Holy Saturday (April 3), omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Lent has reacquired its significance in the early church 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).

Easter (Sunday, April 4)  is the feast of Christ’s resurrection, beginning at sunset on Easter Eve with the Great Vigil of Easter. 

Lent is a season when many make a special focus on deepening their relationship with God.  St. Paul’s Christian Formation invites you to intentionally engage in this season of Lent at home by using the symbols and instructions for use and reflection contained in your box.  Suitable for individuals and families.  

How to Get Your Box

  • Sign up by Feb. 4 using the form on this page
  • Pick up boxes on Sunday, Feb. 14, 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and again from 4 p.m.-6p.m.  (If there are more opportunities for pick up we’ll let you know.) 

Sign Up Here (Deadline Feb. 4)

Adult Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.

Feb. 21: Studies in Mark (Rev. Ray Hanna)
Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21: Dust Bunnies in the Pews (Kathryn Hedgepeth)

Praying in Color

Maybe you love color.  Maybe you hunger to know God better.  Maybe you are a visual or kinesthetic learner or a word weary pray-er.  Sybil MacBeth will lead us in “Praying in Color.” This active, meditative, playful prayer practice could change the way that you pray.  No artistic skill is required.  Materials needed for the workshop are colored pencils or markers, black pen (rollerball best) and paper. The first 15 reservations will receive a free Color Kit.

  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to noon here via Zoom
  • Reservations here via Eventbrite
  • First 15 reservations receive Color Kit with materials for workshop
  • Materials needed:  paper, colored pencils or markers, black ink pen (rollerball best)

‘Requiem’ Concert Replay

The choir of St. Paul’s performed W.A. Mozart’s “Requiem” on March 29, 2019.  We offer this replay of the concert below as part of your Lenten observance. Ronnie Wise, director; Richard Rhoads, organist. Nancy King, soprano; John Callison, bass. Recording engineered and produced by Cleve Callison.

Lenten/Easter Offering, Gift of Flowers or Music

You are invited to honor or remember loved ones with a Lenten/Easter offering to St. Paul’s or a gift of flowers or music for our Easter services.

  1. Please complete the form on this page. Your information will go right to the church office.
  2. Then send your gift one of two ways:
  • Online via Tithe.ly. Designate your gift for “Lenten/Easter Offering,” “Flowers” or “Music.” Please consider paying the small processing fee.  Note: All financial information submitted to Tithe.ly is encrypted and stored to the highest possible standards in the electronic payment industry. 
    • OR

    • Mail your check to: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St., Wilmington, NC 28401

    Deadline  for flowers and listing of Thanksgivings/Memorials in bulletin is Wednesday, March 31.

    Thank you!

    “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. ‘ “