Preparing for Easter
Wednesday evenings: March 22 and 29
Evenings of Palm Sunday through Wednesday in Holy Week: April 2-5
As we come to the closing days of Lent, I invite you to continue your preparations for Easter (on the evenings listed above) by praying the service of Compline and listening to CS Lewis’ beloved story The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. To access my reading of Compline and chapters from Lewis’ tale, simply click on the button below that is appropriate to each night. You may simply listen as I pray, or you may join in the prayers, by clicking on the button below where it says “Copy of Compline Service to Follow Along.” After Compline, I will pause briefly, and then begin the reading from Lewis’ tale.
Compline is the last of the four Prayer Book services that mark the passage of time throughout the day: Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline. Compline means “with sleep” and provides a round of prayers for bedtime. The service lasts about 10 minutes.
Each night, Compline will be followed by a reading of a few chapters from the story The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis. This story is Lewis’ riff on Christ’s giving of himself to overturn the world’s brokenness, sin, and death. In Lewis’ story, the lion Aslan is the Christ figure, who breaks the “winter without Christmas” hold that the White Witch has imposed on Narnia. The reading of each night’s chapters takes about 30 minutes. If you’d like to read along as I read the story to you, the text of the entirety of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (as well as the other six volumes in The Chronicles of Narnia) may be found at this link:
Bill Rich - Interim Rector