How will you mark the season?
In the season of Lent, running roughly 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, we are invited to a “holy observance…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, 265)
On March 1 we begin the season anew. Here you can find resources to help you, your family, and your congregation step back from daily routine and more fully participate in this time of preparation and reflection.
Do you have resources you would like to share with the wider diocese? Please let us know.
Retreat, Prayer, & Scripture Study
Living Lent can be difficult unless you break the habits and routines of everyday life. Withdraw from week-in, week-out busyness to spend time with God in prayer, Scripture study, and small-group conversation.
If you don’t currently have a structured prayer life, consider committing yourself to praying the Daily Office during Lent. The four-fold form of Anglican prayer–including Morning Prayer (which takes about ~20 min), Noonday Prayer (~5 min), Evening Prayer (~20 min), and Compline (~7 min)–draws on Scripture to invite us into a rhythm of daily quietude. For the office in its full form (including daily scripture readings, appointed collects, and some additional add-ons), see the Office of Faith Formation’s Daily Prayer page.
Forward Movement has announced the Good Book Club, a church-wide program that invites all Episcopalians to read Luke and Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Participants in the Good Book Club will begin reading Luke the Sunday before Lent, February 11, 2018, and finish up the Book of Acts on the Day of Pentecost, May 20, 2018.
The Good Book Club website (goodbookclub.org) lists the daily readings, as well as available resources to support people as they read the scriptures. Resources will be available in Spanish at ClubBiblico.org. The website also has a video invitation by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and answers questions such as “Why Read the Bible?” and “Why Luke and Acts?”
Forward Day by Day, Forward Movement’s flagship devotional, will use Good Book Club readings during Lent-Easter 2018 instead of the usual daily lectionary. In this way, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will be joining the Good Book Club.
This three-part curriculum focuses on the seasons of Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, and works best in a small-group format. The Lenten series, The Crucified Life, can serve as the beginning of the trilogy or stand on its own. Participants explore Christ’s last words spoken from the cross:
- Forgiveness – Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
- Salvation – Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
- Relationship – Woman, behold your son… Behold your mother.
- Distress – I thirst.
- Abandonment – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
- Reunion – Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
- Triumph – It is finished.