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.
2021 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
Music [from Micah Behr]
Songs of Common Prayer
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
Lectio 365 - a way of meditating on the Bible that's been used by Christians for centuries
“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).