Lenten Resources 2019

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.

Preparing for Lent

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.

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

5 Marks of Love

Growing A Rule of Life

It’s Time To…

Explorefaith’s 40 day trek

The Season of Lent, explorefaith travel aids for your 40-day journey

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. 

Keeping a Holy Lent

A short guide to Lent, holy days in the season and Lenten practices; it’s only two pages!

Cooking in Lent

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.

Baked eggs in Lent

Orthodox Christian Resources for the Lenten Fast

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.

Praying in Lent

This is a Roman Catholic resource that focuses on daily Lenten prayers as well as reorienting your life during Lent. 

A Handbook for the Discipline of Lent

This is a resource from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on how to develop a discipline during Lent.

Lenten Carbon Fast – Episcopal Church Foundation

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.

Celtic Lent

Prayers and liturgies for Lent from the Celtic tradition.

40 Days in the Desert

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. 

Holy Land Connections

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

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

Lent madness

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.