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St. Matthew's, St. Albert parishioners engage in a Lenten discipline of daily prayer and meditation entitled "Come to the Desert." In the Gospels, Jesus often urged His followers to make the effort to periodically withdraw from life in order to have special time with God. Jesus Himself made it a habit, prior to major teachings or miracles, to withdraw to a quiet, lonely place in order to draw strength in prayer from His heavenly Father. So, with thanks to Carolyn Dunlop and her artistic ability to create a desert wilderness within our Sanctuary, we offer daily times of mediation and silent prayer each Lenten Monday-Thursday, from noon-1:00 pm. As well, during our Tuesday evening Lenten Eucharists at 7:00 pm, we incorporate time in prayer in our Desert, for those unable to meet during the day.