What is Lent?

Lent is the 40-day Christian season in which we prepare our hearts and minds for our Lord’s passion and the drama of Holy Week. We prepare for Lent as individual disciples and also as a whole church family. It is an opportunity for all of us, through repentance, prayer, and an assortment of “Christian disciplines”, to put to death our old nature and to “put on” the new selves and new nature that belongs to anyone who trusts and follows God the Son, Jesus Christ. To help us open ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s work in us this Lent, below are some recommended resources of various kinds.

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Daily Lenten devotionals can aid in our focus during Lent. Here are two that are available online:

1) The Lent Project, a resource produced by Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts. The Lent Project is a daily devotional series that celebrates the Lent season through daily collections of curated art, music, poetry, and Scripture.

2) Trinity School for Ministry Lenten Devotional, a daily devotion consisting of suggested readings and a short meditation written by Trinity alums.

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Recommended Books

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha – Alexander Schmemann

The Good of Giving Up – Aaron Damiani

Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter – by C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton

Liturgy of the Ordinary – Tish Harrison Warren

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Other Online Resources

Fasting for Lent: An article by Anglican pastor and professor Winfield Bevins about why and how to fast.

Self-Examination from St. Augustine’s Prayer Book: A resource to aid in making a spiritual inventory and preparing for confession.

For families with kids: Introducing Lent to Children: A short article by Robin Floch about introducing the Lenten themes of repentance, fasting and spiritual disciplines to our children.

What is Lent: A creative video by a “friend” of ours, Immanuel Anglican Church in Chicago, exploring the themes of Lent. The artful gifts of this church family give glory to God.