We had gotten so accustomed
to setting out our usual things:
the purple vestments with the
pebbles in the font,
sticks and vines on the chancel.
Then Deep Lent began
and we found ourselves taken
to a place we had not chosen for ourselves.
We looked around with confusion,
feeling a connection with
a truth we have known but have ignored:
the union of things.
We pause now and read the invitation again
with new eyes and hearts:
“I invite you, therefore,
in the name of the Church,
to the observance of a holy Lent,
by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting, and self-denial;
and by reading and meditating on
God’s holy Word.
And, to make a right
beginning of repentance
and as a mark of our mortal nature,
let us now kneel before the Lord,
our maker and redeemer.”