Lent at Shadyside

Crown of Thorns, detail of "Easter Morn" art glass window in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph by Ellen L. Allston.Wednesdays, February 14 through March 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays, February 18 through March 25, at 11:00 a.m.

One of the oldest liturgical seasons of the Early Church, Lent is a forty-day period of spiritual renewal. As Christ spent forty days in the wilderness preparing for His ministry, Lent offers us a time of sustained spiritual reflection that we may be ready to follow our Lord into the passion of the cross in order to encounter the joy of the resurrection. Begun as a period of prayer, fasting, and instruction for adult baptismal candidates, Lent is observed today by congregations around the world as a means of following Jesus into the desert to focus upon God’s call on our lives.

Join us as we begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, with the Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps preaching in a service that includes the Lord’s Supper and the ancient custom of the imposition of ashes. Childcare is available.

Lenten vespers continue on Wednesdays through March 21. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include a homily, the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir. (Childcare is available during worship on both Sundays and Wednesdays.)

More Lenten Opportunities:

Holy Week:

For even more seasonal opportunities, please visit our online calendar.

Photograph: Detail of the “Easter Morn” art glass window in the north transept of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, received as a gift in connection with the church’s fiftieth anniversary celebration and dedicated in honor of the founders of the church. A gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Rowe, the window was designed by the Gorham Company of New York, 1916. Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.