Calvary Episcopal Church is busy preparing this week for its 90th Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop – an annual institution that many Memphians have chosen as an annual culinary rite of passage.
From Thursday, Feb. 14 through Friday, March 22, Calvary’s famous Waffle Shop will be open every weekday from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., serving up all traditional favorites, including homemade waffles, salads and daily specials.
Calvary will also offer take-out orders and pre-ordered and prepaid “Lunches to Go.” Lunches to Go orders may be placed in the Great Hall from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Prepaid orders will be bagged and ready for pick up in the Great Hall after the service.
This year’s Preaching Series will feature national and local spiritual leaders from a variety of denominations and religions including Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Bishop Spong, the Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, among others. The series begins each weekday at 12:05 p.m. and will be finished by 12:40 p.m.
“We are honored to have celebrated this historic tradition with the Memphis community for 90 years now,” said the Rev. Chris Girata, rector at Calvary Episcopal Church. “This will be my first time to experience Lent at Calvary, and I look forward to engaging with the community through the preaching series and delicious meals in the Waffle Shop.”
Calvary Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee and The Episcopal Church, a province of the Anglican Communion. Founded in 1832, Calvary’s parish today comprises more than 1,000 baptized members. Although a growing number reside in Downtown Memphis, parishioners come from all across the Mid-South.
A new concept this year Calvary has created is a separate meditation room where people can eat their meals in quiet and watch the preaching series at the same time via simulcast. This is aimed at those with time-sensitive lunch hours who still want to experience the sermon.
Additionally, Calvary will have a “Waffle Shop After Dark” for those who may not be able to make it during lunch or who want to bring their families for an evening meal and hear a speaker. This series will be every Wednesday during Lent with the Waffle Shop open from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and the speaker beginning at 6:30 p.m.