From the sober meditation of Ash Wednesday to the joyful celebration of Easter, we are on a holy journey this Lent. In this season of reflection, we consider how we can make more space for God’s love in our lives.
We are pleased to recommend a number of resources for you, your family, and your church and invite you to “the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (Book of Common Prayer p. 265).
Annual Lenten Quiet Day
The Annual Lent Quiet Day sponsored by the St Benedict’s Guild will be April 6 at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Portland. It will be led by Geoff Sasser, senior at General Theological Seminary in New York City and seminarian-in-residence at St John’s. He will lead meditations on the Labyrinth, which will be available for walking that day.
Click here for more information.
Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption.
Lenten Devotionals for Families (Lectionary Year C)
Suitable for families of all ages, this interactive resource is intended to give you tools to have family devotions. It is built around the prayer practices of Lectio Divina & Praying in Color as well as the physical exercise practices of yoga and walking. The weekly lesson is intended to be repeated each night so that you can continue to learn, reflect, and expand.
2019 United Thank Offering (UTO) Lenten Devotional Calendar
This calendar will help introduce you to the recipients of the 2018 UTO Grants and 2018 Young Adult and Seminarian Grants. This year, some of the items for you to count have expanded out to include your town. We hope that this will be a fun internet search or scavenger hunt to help you get to know your community better as well as the recipients of the UTO Grants.
View the UTO Lenten Devotional Calendar and more information.
Stations of the Cross
Pilgrimage is a spiritual journey, a searching out of our own beliefs. Pilgrims (Peregrini in Celtic tradition) travel expecting spiritual awakening and miracles. We can adopt the same mindset as we follow the path of the Stations of the Cross.
View and download a Stations of the Cross booklet.
Now in its tenth year, Lent Madness is a saintly competition you can enjoy on your own or with your congregation. It’s fun, and meaningful—you’ll learn about the faithful lives of Christians in every generation. Visit the Lent Madness website to sign up for a daily e-mail about the day’s saint and vote for your favorite. You can also follow along on Facebook.
40 Ideas for Lent
Rachel Held Evans shares a compilation of reflection questions, book recommendations, prayers, and disciplines sourced from her readers suggestions.
Read more on her blog.
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) Meditations
Resources include a booklet of daily meditations in English or Spanish, bulletin inserts, prayer bookmarks, and the opportunity to subscribe to daily Lenten Meditations emails featuring some of the most nurturing and life-giving meditations from the last ten years of the ERD Lenten Meditations booklet.
The Daily Examen
The Daily Examen can help us look back at our day through prayer and reflection. The traditional five-step examen helps us to look at the day through God’s eyes as well as our own, to give thanks, to review our actions, to face our shortcomings, and to look toward the day to come.
Visit Examen resources onthe Ignatian Spirituality website.
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Lifelong Learning program at Virginia Theological Seminary offer a number of video programs that make monastic wisdom and spiritual practices available to individuals and groups seeking intentional times of reflection, study, and prayer.
Mobile Stations of the Cross
Thanks to St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, you can make the Stations of the Cross a part of your Lenten prayers from anywhere in the world.
Click here to begin praying.