Our Traditions

March

March marks  the end of the season of Epiphany, and the beginning of the season of Lent.

The church invites the faithful 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. Book of Common Prayer, page 265)

You will notice, as you enter the church, that icons and crosses may be draped with violet cloth. These changes represent the mood and atmosphere of Lent, inviting to look inward for a time, and look forward to the resurrection of Christ at Easter.

Elsewhere in the web page you will find a description of the services available to you in the season of Lent.

Other days in March…
 
The feast of St. David of Wales.  March 1. While most of England fell under the influence of invasions and pagan beliefs in the middle ages, the people of Wales (west of the Wye River) maintained a strong grip on the Christian faith. David was a faithful priest and bishop. The Welsh language and history remain a strong element of Great Britain.
 
Ash Wednesday. March 6. See the description of services elsewhere in this web page.
 
St. Joseph  March 19. The step father of Jesus, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Joseph is sometimes called “the worker” or “the protector.” He protected and looked after the holy family at the time of Jesus’ birth, and provided a strong parental presence as Jesus and probably learned the carpentry trade in the family home in Nazareth, a region of Palestine known as Galilee.

The Annunciation of our Lord March 25. Two gospels (Matthew and Luke) describe the announcement to Mary that she would bear the child Jesus.