Holy Week is often a deeply spiritual time in the Christian Calendar when the faithful follow the events of the last days of Jesus’ life by going to numerous special services. This year St. Luke’s is adding to the tradition by again offering a Service of Evensong with a healing gong bath to allow space for meditation and grounding.
Building on the initial offering in October 2020, St. Luke’s is again teaming up with Jen Gantenbein of Lotus Fire Healing Arts to create a special therapeutic and contemplative service of ancient prayer, incense and a healing gong bath meditation. In addition to leading the gong bath, Gantenbein, a local Kundalini yoga and meditation instructor, will lead the attendees in mediative breath work.
“We were so excited to have over 70 people join us at our first offering—just as the second wave of COVID19 was beginning to surge,” says The Rev. Luke Fodor, the church’s Rector. “We knew we couldn’t offer this service again immediately, but we begin to plan our next event under the name ‘EvenGong.’ Personally, I love that name as the service is a true mash-up of the ancient spiritual traditions of the East and West meeting together and being held in tension by a humble mutual appreciation.”
While it carries many connotations the word “Holy” at its root is defined as “consecrated or set apart for a sacred purpose.” Holy Week need not be merely a Christian practice, but could encourage all people to set time apart to embody peace and compassion. The EvenGong service consecrates this approach.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church invites everyone to connect with like-minded individuals in a welcoming environment to come and find a space for healing. Prayers will be centered in the Christian tradition, but this meditative service is non-doctrinal in nature. We will follow strict social distancing protocol and all attendees will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of their time in the building. The service will also be live-streamed: https://www.facebook.com/StLukesJamestown While there is no cost to attend the service, a free-will offering will be taken to cover Gantenbein’s fees.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Corner of Fourth and Main, Jamestown, NY. For more information about the EvenGong or any of St. Luke’s other offerings, call the church office at 716-483-6405. To learn more about Jen Gantenbein at Lotus Fire Healing Arts, find her on Facebook, visit https://jengantenbein.amtamembers.com or call 425- 345-2779.