Our Lenten journey starts on Ash Wednesday. The elders offer Ashes to Go in the local community. We meet the shuttle to Socorro in the morning and the bus from the Very Large Array in the afternoon. We provide a cross of palm branch ashes to any and all who wish to receive the ashes and a blessing. In addition, we can visit shut-ins to give them ashes. This is an ecumenical effort. Any Christian who desires the ashes can receive them.
Our sister church in Socorro hosts a Maundy Thursday service. Members of congregation join them for that service.
Magdalena Community Church hosts a Tenebrae service on Good Friday evening. It’s a very powerful service focused on Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and ultimate death on the cross. During the service, the lights dim until there is no light remaining in the sanctuary. There is the loud noise of the Strepitus symbolizing the stone rolling in front of the tomb to seal Jesus inside. Everyone leaves in silence. It’s a stark reminder of how the disciples must have felt at Jesus’ crucifixion.