Lent 2020: “CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, O GOD”
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 50:10
This year's theme for Lent at Holy Trinity Church is "Create in me a clean heart, O God." This addresses one of the central tenets of Lent: the cleansing of our heart and its rededication to God.
According to Archimandrite Zacharias of the Saint John Monastery in Essex, the heart is the door through which we enter the Kingdom of God:
Likewise, another Orthodox author reminds us that in our heart we will find the place where we meet the presence of God:
"We learn to enter into our ‘deep heart' through personal prayer in our rooms and attendance at Church services. And if we take courage and enter therein, we shall behold the great miracle of the union of our life with God’s life, for this takes place in the heart of man. Indeed, the aim of our entire ascetic struggle - our fasts, vigils and prayers - is to reveal the heart, to unearth it."
The heart plays crucial roles in both our physical and spiritual lives. Author Al Rossi writes, “The human heart is the entrance to an inner chapel where we can hear, with all creation, praise to God. The heart is the entrance to love, to the place of healing balm.” So the heart and the healing and cleansing of it are the focus of our Lent 2020 theme, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,” taken from Psalm 50 , a penitential, cleansing and restorative written by King David and used at many of our worship services.
We invite everyone to engage in the teachings, sermons, presentations, services and prayers this Lent at Holy Trinity Church that will focus on that topic. Perhaps your spiritual heart pains you already, or maybe you are not even aware of the hidden conditions that may be afflicting it. Either way, treatment, therapy and even prevention are all in the heart-healing toolkit the Church has been using for two-thousand years, including Holy Confession, Communion, anointing, prayers, fasting and more. May we all indeed have “heart healthy” Lent!
Kali metanoia! (A blessed repentance!)
Looking for more information on Lent? The Archdiocese's award-winning website has many great resources:
Podcast: "Lent: A Time to Blossom" (Sermon)
In-person: Join us for services at Holy Trinity Church throughout Lent. The Lenten services schedule can be found here.
Online: Not able to make it in person? Join us online for all our Sunday and weekday services at www.HolyTrinityPgh.org/live.