In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus connected fasting with charitable giving and prayer. In the early Church, new Christians spent a lot of time preparing for their baptism at the Easter Vigil. The season of fasting called Lent became the final and most intense part of the preparation. Since Christians understand Jesus’ death and resurrection as an essential part of our reconciliation with God, Lent also became a time to seek reconciliation.
Many Christian practices have developed over the last 1600 years, but Lent has remained a season of holiness and humility. A time to respond to God’s Word in charitable giving, abstaining from worldly pleasures, earnestly seeking God through study and prayer, and accepting our need for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Below are ways that members of St. James Cathedral are encouraged to engage with this Holy Season, both in person and online. Read the Dean's Lenten Letter.
In Person Worship at the Cathedral
Starting after Ash Wednesday, St. James will offer our weekday Eucharist service at 12:10 p.m. in the Cathedral, Monday through Friday. Reservations are not required for these services, but there is a maximum of 50 attendees, with strict masking and social distancing guidelines in place. The Cathedral will open to every weekday at 11:45 a.m. for service attendees only. You will be asked to check in at either the Wabash or Huron (Commons) entrances.
St. James offers one Sunday Eucharist service in person at 11 a.m., with a limit of 50 attendees and health and safety protocols in place. Reservations are required for this service and are available on a first-come-first-served basis on our Reservation page.
Virtual Worship Opportunities
For those who might not be comfortable worshipping in person, we will continue to host Zoom Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. each weekday morning. All are welcome, and you can join here.
Concurrent with our 11 a.m. in person Eucharist on Sundays, we also offer a live-stream equivalent so that you can join us in worship from home. You can view the service right from our homepage or from our Streaming page.
Lenten Appeal for Cathedral Counseling Center
Don't just give something up for Lent! Give to our Lenten charity during Holy Week as well. The Cathedral Chapter has designated the Cathedral Counseling Center as this year’s Lenten charity. Founded by St. James in 1974, it has been an independent body based in the Loop for several years. The Center continues to be faithful to its original mission to offer psychotherapy of the highest quality on a sliding fee scale basis. At a time when many are struggling with mental health, we hope you will be as generous as you can in your support of their important work. We encourage you to use this holy season as a time to put aside money to enable us to make a generous from St. James to CCC when we celebrate Easter.
Dial-In Centering Prayer, starting on Wednesday, Feb. 17 (Ash Wednesday) at 6:45 p.m.
Expand your prayer life during Lent with Centering Prayer. For over a year now, Cathedral member, Greg Gerber, along with the Rev. Lisa Hackney-James, has convened a weekly prayer group focused on the practice of Centering Prayer: a simple contemplative method of prayer that bears a resemblance to the practice of mediation, but which derives from centuries of Christian tradition. All that is required for participation is a place to sit quietly and comfortably as we dial in by telephone. Participants are guided through the 20 minute silent prayer time with teaching and reflection on either side of it. Please RSVP to the Rev. Canon Lisa Hackney-James with questions and for dial-in instructions.
"Becoming Beloved Community" Course, starting on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
All are welcome to join in a Lenten study of the church's role in addressing the challenges present to wholeness and health around issues of race. We will use resources of the Episcopal Church's Becoming Beloved Community curriculum along with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's new vision document that lays out the Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. We will gather by Zoom Wednesday evenings in Lent for study and small group facilitated conversation. Please RSVP to the Rev. Canon Lisa Hackney-James.
The Dean's Forum on Zoom, every Sunday at 10 a.m.
Every Sunday at 10 a.m. before our Live-Stream Eucharist, you can join the Dean on Zoom for a short Bible study with community members. Click here to participate.
"Sermon Of The Day" for Lent
As part of your Lenten journey, be sure to follow St. James Cathedral on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Throughout Lent, our clergy will share a daily sermon in under 10 minutes every weekday (except Sundays of course...come to church for a sermon!) View it on our social media pages or on our website.