Since the 1920s, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church has been host to an annual ecumenical Lenten series of services and organ recitals for downtown Wilkes-Barre and its surrounding communities. The tradition continues this year on Ash Wednesday, March 6, with an organ recital at 11:30 am, followed by an ecumenical Lenten Service at 12:00 pm. As in past years, the 2019 Lenten series will involve clergy, musicians, and laity from Catholic and Protestant churches throughout Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley. A soup and sandwich lunch is served each week following the Lenten Service, with a suggested donation of $4.00 per person. Members of the participating congregations are the hosts for these lunches. The Ash Wednesday Organ Recital at 11:30 am will be presented by Richard Spotts of Doylestown, PA. The Service at 12 noon will be led by Monsignor Vincent Grimalia, Chaplain of St. Luke’s Villa in Wilkes-Barre. The preacher will be the Reverend Charles Warwick, Priest-in-Charge of St. Clement and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre. Special music will be presented by violinist John Michael Vaida. Canon Mark Laubach, the Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s, is the director of music for all of the Lenten services.