Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter Sunday, a total of 40 days (not including Sundays) echoing Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4).
“The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the heart of the Christian gospel, and Good Friday and Easter are two of the most significant celebrations of the Christian year. Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate Good Friday and Easter. Just as we carefully prepare for big events in our personal lives, such as a wedding or commencement, Lent invites us to make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ passion and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection” (The Worship Sourcebook).
We recommend the following resources as guides for your own practice of prayer in this season.
On Keeping a Holy Lent by Rev. Craig Higgins. An introduction to the practices of Lent, especially for those new to the Church Year.
The Art of Lament by Nicholas Wolterstorff. A brief introduction to the importance of lament in the Christian life.
The Repentance Project / An American Lent. A 50-day tool created initially for Lent to enable all of us to recognize the persistent legacy of slavery, repent with sorrow, and respond meaningfully in the context of relationships.
LENTEN RESOURCES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES
1. Preparing for Easter: A Family Lenten Devotional – recommended by CRCNA as a resource. Go to https://kidscorner.reframemedia.com/activitiesand choose the e-book titled “Because of Jesus” to download and use.
2. Illustrated Children’s Ministry –Coloring pages. We have 100 sets of coloring pages that can be used by the congregation and a Christ is Risen poster (6’x2’) that can be used for coloring in an intergenerational group at Easter. https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lent-2019-resources
3. The Seven Last Words from the Cross – Fleming Rutledge https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Last-Words-Cross/dp/0802827861/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3SLVJ5AR2P1L&keywords=fleming+rutledge&qid=1550073528&s=gateway&sprefix=flemming+r%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-5
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
The Daily Office - traditional morning & evening prayer from the Book of Common Prayer
Pray As You Go - brief music, scripture reading, and questions for reflection in the Ignatian tradition
Read Scripture - a guide for daily Bible reading from The Bible Project
Abide - guided Christian meditation
“A journey, a pilgrimage! Yet, as we begin it, as we make the first step into the ‘bright sadness’ of Lent, we see - far, far away - the destination. It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom” (Alexander Schmemann, 20th century Orthodox theologian).