St. Paul's Benicia Explores Lent

St. Paul's Benicia Explores Lent

article courtesy of JoAnn Souza, St. Paul's, Benicia

From Age to Age: The Lord's Supper Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

As we receive communion we hear the familiar words: “The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven” and we are nourished with spiritual food, but have you ever wondered really how it all got started? Why do we gather each week for this meal and why are things done in a particular way and order? If so, then you will want to make sure and join St. Paul's, Benicia for an exciting Lenten program which will explore the traditions and history of our Eucharistic prayer.

Sessions will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 22 and continue on Thursday evenings throughout Lent. Each week we will explore a different historical time of our rich tradition beginning with the early church of the 1st Century. We will learn how the liturgy developed, how it was celebrated, as well as the cultural and political influences on church worship. We will end with a Eucharistic celebration using the prayers, music and traditions of that era.

When: Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm, and every following Thursday throughout Lent.

Where: St. Paul's, Benicia

The evening will begin with a simple soup supper, followed by a lecture and Eucharist. The series is open to all and we encourage you to invite a friend. 

The dates and topics are: 

March 1, The Early Days: “The Way” in the 1st Century 

March 8, Far From the Center: 7th Century Celtic Tradition 

March 15, High Style: The Renaissance, Liturgy, Music & Art

 March 22, 1662 Book of Common Prayer: A Tradition Established

 March 29, Further Afield and Into the 21st Century: The New Zealand Rite

 April 5, Maundy Thursday Agape Meal, or “Back to the Beginning.”

Call the St. Paul's, Benicia church office for more information or to sign-up, (707) 745-0307 or email

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