During Lent, the Church's worship assumes a more penitential character. The color for the season is purple, a color often associated with penitence. The "Hymn of Praise" is omitted from the liturgy. The word "Alleluia" is usually omitted as well.
By not using the alleluia — a joyful expression meaning "Praise the Lord" — until Easter, the Lenten season is clearly set apart as a distinct time from the rest of the year.
Additionally, it forms a powerful contrast with the festive celebration of Jesus' resurrection when our alleluias ring loud and clear.
Finally, the penitential character of Lent is not its sole purpose. In the ancient Church, the weeks leading up to Easter were a time of intensive preparation of the candidates who were to be baptized at the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday.
This time in the Church's calendar was seen as an especially appropriate time for Baptism because of the relationship between Christ's death and resurrection and our own in Holy Baptism (see Rom. 6:1-11).
This focus would suggest that the season of Lent serves not only as a time to meditate on the suffering that Christ endured on our behalf but also as an opportunity to reflect upon our own Baptism and what it means to live as a child of God.
Welcome to the website of Trinity Lutheran Church, 53 West Avenue, Wellsboro Pennsylvania. Trinity is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). We preach Christ crucified for the forgiveness of your sins.
In His Great Commission, Christ instructed all of us, who once lived in the darkness of unbelief, to go out among the world and teach the saving truth exactly as He taught and to baptize in His Triune Name.
“And Jesus came and said to the apostles, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (English Standard Version, Matthew 29:18-20)
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." ~Proverbs 22:6
We collectively promote a Christian environment to support the highest
achievable intellectual, spiritual and social development of our students.
We empower our educators to this task, and partner with our families to this commitment.