Keeping a Holy Lent

In some ways, it feels like we have been in an extended season of Lent for nearly a year. Since March 2020, we’ve been steeped in grief, lament, loss, death, isolation, and division. We’ve faced our mortality and our complicity over and over again. After enduring all we’ve been exposed to, how do we again engage in a holy Lent this year?

God continues to call us God’s Beloved, and graciously invites us into our humanity which God shared with us. The suggestions for rituals and practices for the season of Lent are an opportunity to seek the presence and peace of God, and remember our place in the diverse community of creation.

Our grounding in God’s love is what helps us to be resilient in times of fear, anger, and loss. Perhaps living into this season of Lent, we may need to let go and rest as needed before experiencing the love, joy, and hope from God. And as we experience our Lenten renewal, we invite you to go deeper, reach wider, as you offer grace and love to yourself, your family, and your neighbors.

Here are some alternative ways to approach Lent:

  • Instead of “what will we give up for Lent?” try “what will we find to savor in God’s creation?”
  • What is our holy destination? What will God reveal along the way?
  • What grief do we need to express, and what creative ways can we find to deal with it?
  • How will we keep the Sabbath rest?
  • Celebrate worship opportunities each week.
  • Visit this page to see what new ideas and resources added throughout the season.

Blessings on keeping a Holy Lent.

How To: The Imposition of Ashes

Click on the video above, or click here for PDF version, to learn how to impose ashes on yourself and others.

A Liturgy for Ash Wednesday

Click the image above for a liturgy for Ash Wednesday and the Imposition of Ashes.

Click here to download a bulletin to fully participate in the liturgy.

The Stations of the Cross

Coming Soon

Click the image above for the Stations of the Cross.

Participate by clicking here for a PDF version of the Stations of the Cross.

Lent Madness

Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born.

The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

Click on the images to download a scorecard and visit the facebook page for each day’s runoff.

Scorecard

Play along with Lent Madness. Go to the Lent Madness Facebook page to read about the saints paired off for the day. Choose you favorite for the day, and check the next day for the winner. Use the scorecard to pick your saints, or record the winners. A fun way to learn about the saints we commemorate throughout the year.

Monastic Wisdom with the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE)

Faith Formation to save the (every) day!

The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Lifelong Learning program at Virginia Theological Seminary offer a number of video programs that make monastic wisdom and spiritual practices available to individuals and groups seeking intentional times of reflection, study, and prayer.

Programs include Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John (a six-week journey with a beautiful prayer journal), Five Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s OwnGrowing a Rule of Life: Relationship with God, Self, Creation & Others, and It’s Time To…Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love. 

Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent, from The Episcopal Church

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption.