Lenten Groups



Lent is a time of spiritual journeying as we walk with Jesus through the forty days of Lent to his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the upper room for the Last Supper, his arrest in Gethsemane, and to the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. Through the arc of Sunday readings, Jesus’ ministry and the disciples’ understanding of the true nature of Jesus transform during this period. During Lent, our understanding of what it is to be a follower of Jesus can deepen and be transformed as well. Come to Christ Church during your Lenten journey for opportunities to be fed spiritually, to be nurtured in quiet contemplation, and challenged by the Spirit. 

Worship Schedule


  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I
  • 10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II (with Children's Chapel)
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II with laying on of hands for healing


  • 12:05 p.m. - Chapel of Bethlehem

Special Services

The worship service schedule changes during Lent and Easter, as well as Advent and Christmas. Please to refer to the seasonal page for a complete schedule. Unless otherwise stated, services are in the Historic Church. For further information about upcoming events, refer to Parish Life or Rejoice, our periodic publications.

Lenten Book Groups

The Good Book Club

As Bishop Curry says in his introductory video: “The Good Book Club is helping us to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Holy Scriptures anew in our time.” This is an invitation for Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles together during Lent and Easter 2018. Christ Church will participate by reading Luke together as a parish, and anyone who wishes to continue with Acts during the season of Easter is encouraged to do so.

Beginning Sunday, February 11, we will read a small portion of Luke each day. Forward Movement has created a set of daily readings which can be found here. As a supplement to the daily readings, Forward Movement also offers a book, A Journey with Luke, which offers theological reflections from faith leaders from around the world. The book can be purchased from Forward Movement or at the Christ Church Gift Shop. 


Other Lenten Offerings



Looking at Luke through a Historical Lens

February 25 | 9:00 a.m. | Meade Room

The Rev. Dr. John Y. H. Yieh

Please join us as Dr. Yieh, the Molly Laird Downs professor of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary discusses the historical context of the Gospel of Luke.


Striving for Justice: The War on Kids

March 4 | 9:00 a.m. | Meade Room

Professor Cara Drinan

Professor Drinan is a nationally recognized expert on the sixth amendment right to counsel, juvenile sentencing, and criminal justice reform. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Drinan published The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way in 2017. As we continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke and reflect on Jesus’ call for social justice, Professor Drinan will lead us in a discussion of juvenile sentencing in the age of mass incarceration.


Magnificat to Pieta: The Women of the Gospel of Luke

March 11 | 9:00am | Meade Room

The Rev. Dr. Noelle York-Simmons, Rector

Women feature prominently throughout the Gospel of Luke but often get overshadowed in the larger Christian narrative. In this forum, we will talk about the women we meet in Luke’s Gospel and how they change the trajectory of the narrative and how they affect Jesus on his journey.





February 25, March 4, March 11 | 9:00 a.m. | St. John's Room

Dr. Kevin York-Simmons

This three-week discussion will explore the theme of “the wilderness.” The wilderness looms large in important stories of trial, temptation, and revelation. What was the wilderness and why was it so important in these stories? Is the wilderness just the place where these events happen or a “practice” that Christians need to recover? Where is the wilderness in today’s world?


Book Group: Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz Weber

February 18, February 25, March 4, March 11, March 18 | 9:00 a.m. | The Fowler House

Matt Welsch

The Gospel of Luke often emphasizes that God shows up in the most unlikely people. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People is a deeply moving and often hilarious memoir in which, following the cycle of the Church year, Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber reflects on many of the “Accidental Saints” she has come to know. Content Warning: this book contains profanity and blunt discussions of trauma, alcoholism, and sexuality.


Living Our Baptismal Covenant: Alexandria Region Lenten Series

There will be a 30 minute Eucharist at 6:00 p.m., followed by a simple supper at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.


The Future of Worship

February 21 | Emmanuel Church

The Rev. Frank Wade


Identifying Evil in an Alt-Truth Age

February 28 | St. Paul's

The Rev. Kate Sonderegger


Claiming Jesus Christ

March 7 | Church of the Resurrection

The Rev. Randy Alexander


Recognizing Jesus in All Others

March 14 | Christ Church Alexandria

Melanie Gray


Creating the Kingdom of God

March 21 | Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

The Rev. Anne Turner