Resources for Lent

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 [4 pages]. An introduction to the practices of Lent, especially for those new to the Church Year.


An American Lent. A 50-day devotional to enable all of us to recognize the persistent legacy of slavery, repent with sorrow, and respond meaningfully in the context of relationships.


The Examen [A Practice of Prayer]. An outline for daily prayer and reflection.


2020 Lent Project from Biola University. Aesthetically rich daily meditations throughout the Lenten season. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, each day's meditation includes Scripture, art, poetry, music, and a written reflection.


Resources for Families & Children

1. Preparing for Easter: A Family Lenten Devotional

 

2. The Seven Last Words from the Cross by Fleming Rutledge. Brief meditations well-suited for reading aloud. Seven Last Words coloring pages also available for children.


Music [from Micah Behr]
Songs of Common Prayer

(I Am) Origami pt. 2

The Music of Arvo Pärt

Liz Vice

Jess Ray

Songs of Taize


Prayer Apps

The Daily Office - traditional morning & evening prayer from the Book of Common Prayer

My Daily Office - simplified morning & evening 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


“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).