Lenten Resources

For personal devotion

  • Various Lenten devotions from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (Episcopal Monastic Community). The link is for their 2019 Lenten programs, 2020 doesn’t seem to be available yet, but these offerings are still helpful and worth pursuing in the meantime.
  • Lenten meditations and podcasts from Episcopal Relief and Development: 
  • Lent Madness. A little goofy, perhaps, and definitely not traditional and even somewhat irreverent, it nevertheless is enjoyed by many Episcopalians and has proved to be a fun and effective way to learn about the Saints in our denominational tradition.  
  • Living the Way of Love – a 40-day devotional from Church Publishing ($12.95 softcover) 
  • United Thank Offering Devotional Calendar for Lent. Excellent resource to see how the UTF has a positive impact on its recipients. This includes daily challenges.
  • A Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent. Curriculum with 8 videos from the The Episcopal Church. 
  • 365 – Daily devotionals for Lent and all year round. 
  • Living Well through Lent 2020. A devotional. 

About Lent

Early Christians observed “a season of penitence and fasting” in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (Book of Common Prayer, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days) has a long history.

Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness.

The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays.

The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited 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.

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