Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pilgrimage of Lent: Session Three

The third session of Pilgrimage of Lent:

I. We started with the Evening Prayer and the following reading from John's Gospel:

John 3:14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

II. The activity tonight was beautiful: candles. We brought candles from home and placed them around the cross, which still had the now-dried flowers from last week's session. This cross is on the table in front of us, the centerpiece of our discussion. There were large and small votive candles, all lit, near the nexus of the cross.

III. The discussion focused on light and the reading from the Gospel. We even discussed why Protestants use candles in worship. There was a lot of discussion about light and dark, shadows, and the beauty of walking in faith, even in the dark.

IV. Lord's Prayer.

Buen camino.


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