St. Peter’s Lenten Program Begins Wednesday February 20th

Familiar hymns and some not so familiar, will be studied during Lent at St. Peter’s.

Rev. Jim Bocchino, the new transitional priest in charge at Rockland’s Episcopal church, will lead the program he titles, “Exploring Your Relationship with God Through the Hymnal.” People taking part may choose two hymns from the Episcopal Church hymnal which speak to them most strongly about their relationship with God. Jim will research the hymn and try to find out what the composer of both the lyrics and music intended in writing their work. He would then invite the person choosing the hymn to speak to the group about why the hymn is meaningful to his or her relationship with God. Then all will sing the hymn with accompaniment.

There are great stories behind many of the old familiar hymns in the Episcopal hymnal. For example did you know that Onward Christian Soldiers was written as a children’s marching song for a Sunday School class who was walking to a picnic? Or that Just As I Am was written for an invalid’s hymnal?

The Lenten program will meet at St. Peter’s on six Wednesday evenings beginning February 20th. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. with an easy potluck soup supper, run through as many hymns as can be done in an hour or so, and end with the evening service of Compline.

Anyone is welcome to attend this unique opportunity for your Lenten life this year!


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