Each week we will upload a new recording of Holden Evening Prayer with fresh readings for reflection.
We encourage you to find a quiet place and listen or sing along for 19 minutes of time centered in prayer.
Perhaps more than any other season, Lent is a time for reflection and introspection, for a turn to simplicity and quietude. This change of mood is reflected in much of our worship tradition – and especially in our music. When I was growing up our church hewed much closer to a formal “Catholic Lite” style of worship, so the Lenten services, with their simpler language, sparser rituals, and minor-keyed hymns were truly a time to step back and focus on Jesus’ journey to the cross, borne of love, humility, and sacrifice. I especially enjoy the mid-week services, with their intercessions of silence and meditation in concert with the pale twilight.
One of the most popular music settings used during Lent is Marty Haugen’s Holden Evening Prayer. Haugen wrote this in 1986 for the worshippers at Holden Village - a worship center in the mountains of Washington state that is only accessible by ferry. I have been familiar with this music for decades, and we here at CGS have used it many times, yet each time I play or hear it, I am transformed. It is a simple, yet beautiful and powerful piece.
In this continuing time of social isolation, a number of our community have worked to bring the Holden Evening Prayer to you virtually. Pastor Manda has paired some beautiful readings with the music, and each Wednesday during Lent you will be able to download a new service to listen to at your leisure.
I am truly grateful to Phil, Steve, Michael, Gregg, Chuck, Jean, Janet, and Rebecca for lending their voices to this endeavor; to Shirley, Paul, Vanetia, LaVerne Washington, Ansgar, Isabelle, Sally, Bob Blough, and Randy for recording the readings; and finally to Rey for his assistance in assembling these pieces. I hope you enjoy these services and that they bring you peace and hope in a time that so desperately needs both.