Lent is underway! It’s hard to believe it’s already March. During the season of Lent, our Schola singers will be practicing every week. Pray that our rehearsals go well and that we are able to authentically and faithfully prepare the music for the worship of our Lord.
I mentioned this in a Flocknote to the music ministry, but I will mention it here as well: during the season of Lent, there is no instrumental music other than to support singing. This is appropriate to the penitential season of Lent because of the barrenness of the road our Lord travelled toward and during his Passion, and our participation in that road by the grace of God. There is a time to fast, and a time to feast – now is the time for fasting. This is also demonstrated in the removal of the closing song and replacing it with spoken prayer.
The scholas will be singing for the entire Triduum as is our custom. Mark down Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on your calendars: it is always such a blessed time of prayer and worship.
The Art Walk over at our school went very well: congratulations to all! As music teacher I want to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all those students who presented piano pieces to the delight of all. The best thing I noticed was the spirit of encouragement and building each other up that I saw from the students. They were clapping for each other, hugging each other, and demonstrating an atmosphere of brotherly love and building one another up in their efforts to demonstrate what they have learned. It warmed my heart.
This Lent I have been meditating on these verses from Romans chapter 5:
“We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
May the joy of Holy Lent fill our hearts, enflame them with love, and establish in us the character which produces hope, for hope does not disappoint us.