Holy Habits

Have you ever wondered what Lent’s all about? Maybe you’ve seen people smiling on Ash Wednesday, a smudged cross still traced on their foreheads. Maybe you’ve thought: they’re doing something, and I want to know more about it.

Or maybe you’ve yearned for longer than you can remember to know what you might do to try to open yourself up more to God.

Maybe you’ve thought, I want to do something deeper than just giving something up for Lent.

This year’s ecumenical series is for you. This year, we’re looking at the holy habits that we’re invited to take on and try to live more deeply during Lent.

For thirty years, the neighbourhood churches of east Hamilton have put on a series on Wednesday evenings in Lent. We invite everyone from the community around us to the members of the individual churches to join us as we gather at a different church each week. The cleric from the community will preside, and another cleric will offer a reflection on one of the habits. And there’s food! We hope you’ll consider making the series part of your Lenten journey.

We’re using as our theme the invitation “I invite you… in the name of the Lord, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.” We’ll look at one of those holy habits each week.

All services begin at 7:30 pm


When Where Which Habit Notes
17 February Holy Cross Roman Catholic Self-examination Refreshments following!
24 February St. Columba’s Presbyterian Penitence Supper beforehand!
2 March Church of the Nativity Prayer Bishop Michael joins us, and there are refreshments following!
9 March Pioneer Memorial United Fasting Refreshments following!
16 March Faith Lutheran Almsgiving Soup supper beforehand, and dessert following!

In all your journey through Lent, may you know God guiding you, supporting you, sustaining you, and blessing you, as together we prepare with joy to celebrate the Paschal mystery at Easter!