Lent 2021 at Grace Church
Ash Wednesday (February 17) marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent that precedes Holy Week and Eastertide. While it will look a bit different this year compared to past years, the clergy and musicians of Grace will be working hard to help our community engage with this reflective and meditative season in the church year. Click on the link below to view our Lent 2021 Brochure which details ‘virtual’ Lenten opportunities. These will include a Tuesday Lecture Series (posted here on this webpage as well as on the church’s Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo channels), the Thursdays at Noon Concerts (beginning on February 18), and Lenten-based activities to do on your own!
As always, ‘virtual’ worship opportunities are also numerous. These include Sunday live-streamed services, Virtual Choral Evensong, and Virtual Compline, as well as Live-Streamed Way of the Cross services on Fridays at 12 Noon. We hope you join us on this journey through Christ’s suffering and death, to that joyous Easter morn!
Tuesdays at Ten Lenten Lectures
Every Tuesday during Lent (February 23 through March 23), Grace Church will send out via email, post on this webpage, and share on social media a series of interesting lectures prepared by members of the Grace community covering a range of subjects. Videos of each lecture will be archived here in ascending order.
February 23: The Making of the Stations of the Cross
A Conversation with Gwyneth Leech, Artist & Vince Edwards
Join us for a conversation between New York City-based artist, Gwyneth Leech and our Organist & Director of Music, Vince Edwards. Gwyneth and Vince will discuss the various aspects of creating the 14 Stations of the Cross paintings that were commissioned in 2004 by St. Paul’s Church on the Green in Norwalk, Connecticut. Gwyneth has kindly allowed us to printed versions of her stations for our Way of the Cross services here at Grace. More information on Gwyneth can be found on her website: https://www.gwynethleech.com/
March 2: The Christian East
The Rev. Canon Jonathan Huyck, Rector of Grace Church
Join us online for a informational lecture about Christianity in the eastern hemisphere, presented by The Rev. Canon Jonathan Huyck, Rector of Grace Church. Fr. Jonathan will touch on various traditions from India, Armenia, Egypt, and other countries.
March 9: The Creative Process of Making Vestments
Sue Hall, Seamstress & Vince Edwards, Director of Music
Join us online for an interesting conversation between Grace Church parishioner and seamstress Sue Hall and Vince Edwards, Organist & Director of Music. Sue and Vince will discuss the process of creating vestments for the church (such as the altar frontal, pulpit fall, priests’ stoles, and chasuble) in anticipation of the blessing of a set of new, rose-colored vestments on the Fourth Sunday in Lent known as Laetare or ‘Rose’ Sunday.
March 16: From Martyrdom to Monasticism
The Rev. Hartwell Hylton, Deacon of Grace Church
Join us online for a lecture presented by the Deacon of Grace Church, The Rev. Hartwell Hylton. Deacon Hylton will chart the paths of various martyrs of the church and how their lives led to the establishment of monastic life-styles.
March 23: Modern Monastic Life
Drake Douglas, Postulant for Holy Orders
Join us online for a lecture-conversation led by Drake Douglas, a parishioner at Grace Church and Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Rhode Island. Drake will talk about his experience during his time living at the Anglican-Episcopal Monastery of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in West Newbury, Mass.