The Music of Lent

The Music of Lent

We’ve turned the corner from the joy and light of Epiphany to the darker and more contemplative season of Lent. We often expect to only hear mournful and “minor” sounding hymns, anthems, and organ music during this season of penitence and preparation. Yes, there will be an adequate amount of that, but I would challenge you to listen for more in our liturgies.

Lenten music offers exquisite beauty, haunting harmonies, and texts that transport and transform us. It is one of my favorite seasons for which to plan; there’s such a vast array of choices!

I’m struck by what the editors at state so eloquently.

“Lent was never intended to be sad, mournful and gloomy… I sometimes wonder if getting stuck in that kind of Lent allows [us] to avoid its real calling: introspection and renewal. Even for those of us who have been Christians for a long time, the forty days of Lent invite us to take time regularly to examine our lives, to recommit ourselves to prayer, to listen to God’s call in our lives. The season calls upon us to look at our deepest selves and to offer that part of ourselves to God. This spiritual journey has led artists to create works of surpassing beauty.”

May God, through music, lead you to a deeper and more faithful relationship with him and with one another.

Jordan Williams

Read more on “Getting Past the Gloom of Lent” here:

A Weekly Word – Ordination

A Weekly Word – Ordination

Weekly Word
February 14, 2021

The Preface to the Ordination Rites (BCP 510) states: “No persons are allowed to exercise the offices of bishop, priest, or deacon in this Church unless they are so ordained…with the laying on of hands by bishops who are themselves duly qualified to confer Holy Orders.” This Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 7 o’clock in the evening, you are invited to participate in this work of the church through your virtual presence and prayers as I am ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests. Because of health and safety protocols the service is closed to the public, but it will be livestreamed on the St. Mark’s Facebook page in the same way as our normal Sunday services. Despite being physically separate, the God who hears and sees all, will hear and see this work we do together.


The Rev. Clint E. Brown

Ash Wednesday at St. Mark’s

Ash Wednesday at St. Mark’s

7:30 a.m. – quiet service; no music
Noon – in person and livestreamed
7:00 p.m. – in person and livestreamed

On Wednesday, February 17 we observed Ash Wednesday, signaling the beginning of Lent, a period of forty days (not counting Sundays) preceding Easter. The themes of the day are penitence and fasting. It has become traditional to wear ashes on our foreheads on this day to recognize our status as sinners doomed to die but for the grace of God. The prayer said over the ashes asks:

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life… (The Book of Common Prayer 265)

As the ashes are imposed, the well-known refrain is heard: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

To view this service at any time as a way to mark your own Lenten observance, follow the link below.

LIVE WORSHIP – St. Mark’s Episcopal – Ash Wednesday.


The Mary Cecil Speaker Series

The Mary Cecil Speaker Series

2023 Mary Cecil Lenten Speaker Series

Saints: Faithful Witnesses and a Word for Today
Mondays during Lent in Payne Hall
Dinner at 6 PM
Speaker at 6:30 PM

Monday, February 27: The Rev. Dr. Tommy Williams, Sr. Pastor-Trinity United Methodist Church, Beaumont TX: John and Charles Wesley
Monday, March 6: The Rev. Mitch Tollet, Rector, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Tyler, TX:  Francis of Assisi
Monday, March 13: The Rev. Meredith Crigler, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Baytown, TX:  Julian of Norwich
Monday, March 20: The Most Rev. David Toups, Bishop-Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, Beaumont, TX: John XXIII
Monday, March 27: The Rev. Tracie Middleton, Deacon-St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Beaumont, TX: Harriet Bedell

Sunday Event: Jazz Brunch!

Sunday Event: Jazz Brunch!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! 💜💚💛

Please join us in Payne Hall for our annual Shrove Sunday Jazz Brunch on Sunday, February 14rd after 10:00 a.m. worship! 🥞

Food, fun, fellowship & live jazz! 🎺


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