Observe a Holy Lent

February 09, 2024

Lent is the 40-day season of fasting, repentance, and preparation for Easter beginning Ash Wednesday. It is common practice for Christians to fast, give alms, and devote themselves to deeper prayer during this season.

Below you will find beautifully designed, theologically rich tools developed by churches around the diocese to guide you in your Lenten practices.

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing which you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface for Lent - BCP 2019, pg. 605

Lent: A Guide for Morning and Evening Prayer

Church of the Incarnation - Harrisonburg, VA

The Lord is Good: Reflections for the Season of Lent

Appalachian Deanery

A Lenten Rule of Life

Church of the Lamb - Penn Laird, VA

Seek and Wonder: A Family Devotional

Church of the Resurrection - Washington, DC

A Restful Lent

Tamara Hill Murphy, Church of the the Apostles - Bridgeport, CT

This guidebook is forty days (plus Sundays) of meditations based on the Book of Common Prayer’s daily lectionary. Each day includes a work of art, song, prayer, and a simple practice to help you journey through Lent. Tamara is offering this guidebook to DCOH churches at a discounted rate. In order to access it for your church, you will need to email Tamara. Tamara will make you an administrator for your church’s subscriptions and work out a flat fee that suits your church’s budget. You will then be able to give your fellow church members access to the guidebook.

True Fasting: Contending for Shalom Together

The Matthew 25 Initiative

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