Behold the season of Lent with the CCC community. Together we will pray, reflect, and practice our faith as we seek to expand our learning around the services of Holy Week. Come and behold the mystery of these incredible liturgies and learn more about their history and significance throughout the season as we journey towards experiencing them ourselves. Pick up your Lenten booklet (or download here) today for more meditations on Holy Week to nourish you throughout this sacred time!

Ash Wednesday | Wednesday, Feb. 14

Ashes to Go | Don’t have a full hour to spend at church? Stop by one of multiples locations to receive the Ashes on the Go. This personal moment with one of our priests is available and open to all people.

Indoor Worship, Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes | Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. The season of Lent begins with this day of devotion where we prepare ourselves for new and contrite hearts. Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes will be offered in English at 7 a.m. and 12:05 p.m., and 5 p.m., and in Spanish at 7:30 p.m.

Lenten Activities, Services, and Gatherings

Meditations in Homes (In Spanish), Fridays in Lent from 6-8 p.m.

During Lent Fridays at 6 p.m. we are invited to gather as a community in different homes to do the Lenten meditation: taken from the material prepared for daily meditation during the Lenten season and Week Santa at CCC, we hope you can give yourself the opportunity to pave the way for your personal journey in the company of our family in Christ.

Each Sunday, be with us at Forum Hour after the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. services to reflect on the weekly theme. Follow along each week in CCC\’s Lenten book.

Feb. 18 – Feb. 24

First Week of Lent

Behold: Palm Sunday

The first Sunday of Lent kicks off our Lenten forum series on the services of Holy Week! Prepare for our Lenten Forums centered around these sacred liturgies and pick up your Lenten mediations booklet as a companion to this study. We begin our forum with the first day of Holy Week, Palm Sunday
Sunday, Feb. 18: Children\’s Stations of the Cross
Children are invited to join us at 11:30 a.m. in the main church for an interactive, age-appropriate Children’s Stations of the Cross. This moving experience involves all the senses to help connect us to Jesus on his journey to crucifixion.
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:45 p.m. Community Lenten Study Begins. Join Indianapolis\’ downtown parishes each Wednesday in Lent at 6:45pm as we explore the connection between our common faith and serving our neighbors as we seek to become God\’s beloved community:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21: Central Christian
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: CCC
  • Wednesday, March 6: Roberts Park
  • Wednesday, March 13: All Saints Episcopal
  • Wednesday, March 20: St. Philips Episcopal

Feb. 25 – Mar. 2

Second Week of Lent

Behold: Maundy Thursday

Our Lenten meditations and forum series continue with a deep dive into the service of Maundy Thursday. The Thursday in Holy Week is part of the Triduum, or three holy days before Easter. It comes from the Latin mandatum novum, “new commandment,” from John 13:34. The ceremony of washing feet was also referred to as “the Maundy.” Maundy Thursday celebrations also commemorate the institution of the eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was betrayed.” Egeria, a fourth-century pilgrim to Jerusalem, describes elaborate celebrations and observances in that city on Maundy Thursday. Special celebration of the institution of the eucharist on Maundy Thursday is attested by the Council of Hippo in 381. The Prayer Book liturgy for Maundy Thursday provides for celebration of the eucharist and a ceremony of the washing of feet which follows the gospel and homily. There is also provision for the consecration of the bread and wine for administering Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament on Good Friday. Following this, the altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church.
Be a part of our discussion on Maundy Thursday during forum hour on Sunday!

Mar. 3 – Mar. 9

Third Week of Lent

Behold: Good Friday

The Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial. In the early church candidates for baptism, joined by others, fasted for a day or two before the Paschal feast. In the west the first of those days eventually acquired the character of historical reenactment of the passion and death of Christ. The liturgy of the day includes John\’s account of the Passion gospel, a solemn form of intercession known as the solemn collects (dating from ancient Rome), and optional devotions before the cross (commonly known as the veneration of the cross). The eucharist is not celebrated in the Episcopal Church on Good Friday, but Holy Communion may be administered from the reserved sacrament at the Good Friday service.
Be a part of our discussion on Good Friday during forum hour on Sunday!

Mar. 10 – Mar. 16

Fourth Week of Lent

Mothering Sunday

Sunday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. We\’re excited to gather with you on the fourth Sunday in Lent! In the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday was a holiday for families to return to the church of their youth if they had moved away, and in 2023, this tradition seems more poignant than ever. Come enjoy light brunch fare while catching up with friends! No RSVP required.

Mar. 17 – Mar. 23

Fifth Week of Lent

Behold: Easter Vigil

This liturgy is intended as the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter in the Book of Common Prayer (pp. 284-95). It is also known as the Great Vigil. The service begins in darkness, sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter and consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the Exsultet); The Service of Lessons (readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers); Christian Initiation (Holy Baptism) or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the Eucharist. Through this liturgy, the BCP recovers an ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast. Believers would gather in the hours of darkness ending at dawn on Easter to hear scripture and offer prayer. This night-long service of prayerful watching anticipated the baptisms that would come at first light and the Easter Eucharist. Easter was the primary baptismal occasion for the early church to the practical exclusion of all others. This practice linked the meanings of Christ\’s dying and rising to the understanding of baptism.

Mar. 24 – Mar. 30

Holy Week Begins

Our pilgrimage has brought us the cross. This week, as we remember the passion of our Lord, simply allow the love he has for us to wash over you. Come and see it as we mark the season with the holiest liturgies of the year.
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