Historically, Lent began as a six week season when new believers prepared themselves for Baptism on Easter Sunday. It was a time for reflection, repentance, fasting, giving, and contemplation of the life of Christ. Eventually, the wider church also began to prepare themselves during the Lenten season. During Lent express our need for repentance, renewal, and community. Traditionally, the practices of fasting, prayer, and giving have helped people realize their need to experience God’s renewal in and through community. There are a number of resources below to help creatively guide you, your family, or small group in these practices. May Lent be for you a sobering journey that culminates in Easter joy and new life.
“Lent invites us to stop eating whatever protects us from facing the desert inside of us. It invites us to feel our smallness, to feel our vulnerability, to feel our fears and to open ourselves up to the chaos of the desert so that we can finally give the angels a chance to feed us.”
– Ronald Rolheiser
Below are a number of resources to help you engage with the meaning and practices of Lent.
Ash Wednesday Service
Join us at 7:00pm on Wednesday February 14th for a reflective and meaningful service of readings, prayer, music, and ashes. All are welcome.
Good Friday Service
Join us at 10:30am on Friday March 30th for a meaningful time of meditating on the cross of Christ. All are welcome. Childcare available.
Keep Watch With Me: A Daily Lenten Reader for Peacemakers
This Lenten reader is diverse, timely, and topical. The remarkable list of contributors focus on what the Lenten season has to say about peacemaking. Subscribers will hear from writers who are from a ,variety of backgrounds. Every day, readers will get delivered to their inbox a daily reading, unique reflection, prayer, and spiritual practice crafted by Claire Brown. In this time of great division, this is the Lenten reader we need. Sign up here.
Stations of the Cross
Produced by Pray as you Go, this online journey through the stations of the cross combines works of visual art, music, scripture reading, and prompts to help you imaginatively engage with Jesus’ passion.
Lenten Lectio Divina Reader
Cedar Park produced this Lenten Reader which is based on the ancient tradition of lectio divina (sacred reading). This contemplative approach to Scripture simply helps you soak in the text while listening to the Spirit.
God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter
This illuminating and visually stunning book helps readers to rediscover the meaning of Lent through profound words that are enhanced by classic and contemporary art masterpieces. This beautifully printed and designed book is availble in the Cedar Park Library.