There is wealth of internet resources to support you through Lent. There are some hard-copy resources available in the Welcome Center of the parish, including mite boxes to support Episcopal Relief and Development. For those who prefer electronic resources, below are a few you may find useful.
Lent Basics: This page focuses on the essentials of the spiritual disciplines of Lent – self-examination and repentance, prayer, fasting and self-denial, as well as reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. This is a good starting point to learn more about the season.
The Society of St. John the Evangelist
Each of the following opportunities is available free of charge online. They are easy to use on your own, or you may want to invite a few friends to participate in them with you.
Explorefaith’s 40 day trek
Explorefaith offers “travelers assistance” during Lent: A daily Signpost, online and/or via e-mail; a Lenten toolbox filled with reflections and questions to help you move forward; quotes of great insight and inspiration on a daily calendar; and a modern-day examination of ancient Lenten practices. You’ll have all that you need for the your journey through Lent—the maps, guide books, walking shoes and a compass that will help keep you headed in the right direction.
A short guide to Lent, holy days in the season and Lenten practices; it’s only two pages!
Because food is rich in symbolism with each step open to meaning and reflection, Lent can be a wonderful time to bring together meal prep and spirituality. And if we are cooking for others, sharing the meal can become part of our Lenten prayer and ritual. Click here for Lenten recipes.
One spiritual practice in Lent is fasting. This site is from the Orthodox Church and has a number of Lenten recipes and information about fasting.
This is a Roman Catholic resource that focuses on daily Lenten prayers as well as reorienting your life during Lent.
This is a resource from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on how to develop a discipline during Lent.
The spiritual practice of fasting, accompanied by prayer and meditation, moves us to be more open to the will of God in our lives. Fasting helps us listen to what God wants us to be and to do. During Lent this year, Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power & Light (WAIPL) invite you to try a “fast from carbon,” that is, to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide you put into the atmosphere.
Prayers and liturgies for Lent from the Celtic tradition.
Exile, hospitality, and migration are recurrent themes in the Bible and throughout the history of the church. As we grapple with these issues as Christians, we invite you to make these prayers and scriptural passages part of your Lenten devotions. May they help guide your Lenten journey and help us find in Christ our Promised Land.
During the holy season of Lent, our minds and prayers naturally turn to the Holy Land, the place of Christ’s ministry, suffering, death and resurrection.
Christians living in the Holy Land today are a small minority in a volatile place. Be inspired by reflections on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and on peacebuilding, learn about and pray for the Holy Land.
And now for something completely different
Who will win the Golden Halo? Check in here to learn more about saints and vote for your favorite. More information here.
I look forward to what we will discover together. May you have a very blessed Lent. – Nancy+
Many thanks to friends at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Port Royal, VA for pointing me toward some of these sites.