This will be the second year East Koshkonong is using Holden Evening Prayer as the liturgy for mid-week Lenten worship. This is a solid choice. Lent is as good a time as any to (re-)introduce Vespers and the daily prayer offices. Part of my commitment as a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity is to provide opportunities within my congregation for praying of the hours, including Vespers, Matins, Compline, mid-day prayer, etc. I confess this is something I know more as an ideal than a reality. I am new to my parish and am a young pastor. Introducing such lost liturgies is no small task in any context.
It is hard to know exactly how to introduce such opportunities for prayer. Compline can be done to conclude an evening where people have already come into church for a meeting, etc., and Vespers can be prayed prior to such meetings, but otherwise, I don't know how many people have an interest in making a special trip into the church for such prayers. Matins could be offered prior to Sunday morning Mass, I imagine, or other mornings prior to the beginning of the work day. Mid-day suffrages are probably the easiest to accomplish. I have seen these offered quite often in urban congregations in Europe, but seldom here in the U.S. People are able to come for their lunch hour to pray.
For our Lenten "message", I am selecting readings from the "Great Tradition" that correspond to the three articles of the creed. So, five Wednesdays, five sets of readings, the first set on the first article, including quotes from Peter Seewald interviewing Cardinal Ratzinger, Luther's Large Catechism, Robert Jenson, and Mary LaCugna. Other weeks will include at least one reading from the confessions, one from a patristic source, and one contemporary source. Brief reading recommendations are welcome. Two weeks on the second article, and two weeks on the third article. I'll post the actual quotes the weeks that we use them.