Christ Church Georgetown Garden


Ash Wednesday Worship


Services at 7:30 a.m., 12 noon, 6:00 p.m.
Imposition of ashes at each service.
Full choir at 6:00 p.m. 


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Quiet Mornings at Christ Church

Lenten Quiet Morning
Who We Really Are – Exploring our Baptismal Identity

Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in the Chapel

At this Quiet Morning, to be led by the Reverend Martin Smith, of reflection and prayer we will explore the gift of our baptismal identity, realizing more deeply that we are already “in the deep end” with God, immersed in the love of the Father, united with the person of Jesus, and bearing within us the intimate presence of the Spirit. Reverend Smith will give three presentations, and guidance for prayer during the intervals for quiet time and meditation. He is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his exploration of contemporary spirituality and is the author of widely read books including The Word is Very Near YouA Season for the SpiritLove Set FreeReconciliation, and Compass and Stars.

Quiet Mornings at Christ Church

In 2016-2017, Christ Church hopes to offer a total of six Saturday Quiet Mornings for spiritual refreshment – three linked to the liturgical calendar, and three focused on leading voices from the rich history of contemplative Christianity. As has been true of past Quiet Mornings, the intention is not only to provide insight into contemplative tradition and some of its leading lights, but also to provide an experience of drawing closer to God and to our own deepest selves, through a time of quiet spaciousness. On the schedule already is a Lenten Quiet Morning to be led by the Rev. Martin Smith on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Contemplative prayer strikes some as a bewildering concept, and in many ways it is distinct from both the corporate prayer of our liturgies and from our individual prayers of petition or gratitude. It is most often silent and tends to involve opening ourselves to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. This generally requires that we set aside our own agenda, perhaps sitting with a phrase, image, or narrative that emerges from a scripture passage or other reading. While there are various approaches, the contemplative framework is surprisingly simple and deeply rooted in our tradition, which means that we are all capable of some degree of contemplative prayer and contemplative living. It also means that there are many guides to help move us in that direction. For more information and question, please contact the Rev. Elizabeth Keeler or parishioner Merrill Carrington.