Home Lent

Lent at St. Paul’s

The season of Lent starts this year on March 6 (Ash Wednesday) and ends on April 21 (Easter). Our parish community offers multiple opportunities to enrich your spiritual life during this season of focused devotion:

Worship Services

Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (family service), and 7:30 p.m.

Choral Evensong: On Sunday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., commemorate the season of Lent with a moving musical service. Choral Evensong will be sung by St. Paul’s Choir, directed by Grant Hellmers. Music will be by Tudor period composers Tallis, Tomkins, Morley, and Gibbons. Come hear and sing some of the earliest evensong music composed for the then new Church of England. A reception will follow, and feel free to bring Aldi gift cards to donate to our Lazarus Ministry.


Adult Forum Series: This Lenten season’s adult forum series is entitled “Biblical Fracking: Untold Stories of Faith.” We welcome the Rev. Frank Wade, currently the Interim Associate Dean of Students at VTS, and former interim dean of the Washington National Cathedral and former rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Join us Sundays at 10 a.m. in Norton Hall, March 17-31.

Parish Book Study: To supplement your Lenten learning, the parish is invited to take part in a collective spiritual discipline and read a book together. Book title TBA.

Cloister Night: This program provides intentional devotion that resembles the deep spiritual experiences of living in a monastery. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. and meeting Tuesdays from March 12 through April 9, the evening consists of Eucharist, a simple supper, shared devotion, and prayerful silence. RSVP to cloisternight@gmail.com.

Inquirers’ Class: If you are new to St. Paul’s, seeking membership, or wish to learn more about our parish and the Episcopal Church, the Inquirers’ Class is for you. The class meets Sundays from March 10-April 7 following the 11 a.m. service (12:15 – 2 p.m.). This season we’re exploring the fundamentals of Christianity: baptism, the Bible, Holy Eucharist, prayer, and St. Paul’s 5 tenets. Participants will share meals together, engage in small group discussion, and learn from our wisest counsels. All are welcome to participate. Email Alyse at alyse@stpaulsalexandria.com with questions or to sign up.