March 7, 2014
I may have linked some of the featured resources in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen or linked this Index of excellent Lent Resources from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website. Check it out!
LENT RESOURCE GUIDE
February 27, 2014
Regrettably, I don’t think my schedule will allow for much, if any, Lenten blogging this year. It would have been fun to do a special Lenten series this year in honor of Lent & Beyond’s 10th anniversary. (We began in February 2004 at the beginning of Lent.)
But with Ash Wednesday quickly approaching, I wanted to at least quickly post about two excellent Lent resources:
1) Let us Keep the Feast: Epiphany & Lent
This is a short booklet (64 pages) that provides an overview of some of the history of Epiphany and Lenten observances and gives lots of simple, practical ideas for how to celebrate these seasons at home as a family. I enjoyed the Advent edition of this series. Jessica Snell, who blogs at Homemaking Through the Church Year, and who is a good friend of this blog, is one of the editors. Here’s the Amazon Link
2) Lenten music: Lent at Ephesus, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles
When I logged into iTunes about 2 weeks ago, I was very excited to see a featured album of sacred music for Lent. It’s a release of Lenten music by the Benedictine nuns at the Priory of our Lady of Ephesus. I loved the album of Advent music these nuns put out two years ago, so this is sure to be another excellent choral feast of sacred music to aid in Lenten devotions. I haven’t bought this yet. I plan to download it next week if I can get a decent internet connection (our continual internet outages are yet another reason I’ve not been blogging lately…). But if it’s anywhere near as good as the Advent at Ephesus album, it is VERY worth buying! Here’s the iTunes link: Lent at Ephesus
April 3, 2012
A few links to some resources that look helpful for Holy Week:
Presbyterian Pastor Mark D. Roberts has a devotional guide /.series of reflections for Holy Week based on the seven last words of Christ.
He also has a devotional guide for stations of the cross
Christianity Today: Suggestions for Bible Readings and Family Activities for each day of Holy Week.
Passionate Homemaking Blog has what looks to be an excellent Family Devotional Guide for Holy Week
Children’s Ministry.Com has a short guide with ideas for Sunday School activities for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter
This is a link I’ve posted before, but I want to repost it again this year: the CRI Website has a good overview of Holy Week, including ideas for a Christian Seder. The overview helps explain the reasons and traditions of various special church services during Holy Week.
I will try to add to this list and welcome readers’ recommendations and links!
March 7, 2012
Our previous posts on a “Lent cross” or a “Lenten Jesse tree” have been some of the most popular entries among all of the nearly 5000 posts at Lent & Beyond.
See here, and here for these previous posts.
A “Lent Tree” is basically a Lenten version of a Jesse tree with daily ornaments / symbols and devotional readings for each day of Lent
Last week I came across some new resources for a Lent Tree. Perhaps it’s too late for 2012, but I wanted to post information on what look to be very useful resources for the future. I have not checked these out personally, but they look like they might be worth exploring.
Here’s a blog post recommending this book and activity kit.
Amanda is also very helpfully blogging her daily reflections as she does this “Jesus tree” activity with her family. What a great resource!
Here is information on purchasing the book and activity kit.
February 23, 2012
Yesterday I linked Rachel Held Evan’s blog post with 40 ideas for the 40 days of Lent. Today I want to highlight another GREAT 40 ideas web page – particularly for families.
Joe Paprocki at Catechist’s Journey has a wonderful 40 Ideas for 40 Days website – kind of like an online Lent calendar, with daily ideas for activities for children & families during Lent.
A few of the wonderful & creative ideas
A “Walk the Lenten Path” Lenten Calendar
A “Change of Heart Tree”
“Forty Crosses” (English or Spanish) – to track “good deeds” done in Lent
A Salt-Dough Crown of Thorns
Families, and Sunday School teachers check it out!
February 22, 2010
This falls into the “how could I have possibly missed this resource?!” category… Do check this out!
Thanks to a blog that I just discovered this morning and linked below, Catechist’s Journey, by Joe Paprocki, I’ve discovered an online Lenten Calendar:
40 Ideas for 40 Days
(Note: Click on the activity title on each day to visit the activity detail.)
Here’s how Joe Paprocki describes the calendar:
These activities come from a variety of sources: from my own experience as a catechist, from various Web sites that I credit accordingly, and from catechists like you who shared their creative ideas with me. The activities are grounded in the symbols, Scripture readings, devotions, and traditions of the Lenten season. Be sure to check this calendar each day to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting.
February 22, 2010
Somehow I missed Amy’s post at Splendor In the Ordinary last week about how she and her family decorate their home for Lent.
Amy also has a post on Children’s books for Lent, and a lovely reflection and testimony about attending Ash Wednesday services with small children: Worshipping with Little Children.
Also on the family front, I’ve been remiss in not linking Jessica’s Homemaking through the church year blog. (Not being a mom, it’s a blog I don’t visit so often…, but it is excellent.) You can find all of her Lent posts here. Her Lenten posts so far this year have primarily focused on fasting as a family, including a ton of meatless recipes for Lent
Finally today, while looking for something else online, I came across an excellent blog Catechist’s Journey with ideas for Sunday School lessons for Lent – but many of these could also be used by families at home. This looks like a truly WONDERFUL site. I think I’m going to add it to our sidebar… Hie thee hence!
Check out the following entries:
First Sunday of Lent – Needs vs. Wants
A CALENDAR of 40 Lenten Activities!
Lots ‘o Lenten Links
Don’t forget you can find all our posts on Lent resources for family and children here.
February 18, 2010
Good news! I mentioned in my entry Lent 2010 Around the Blogosphere that I hoped Tara at Story-formed would resume blogging for Lent. She has!
She has a new post Lent & Kids #2 – here’s an excerpt:
I have a few moments of quiet and just thought I’d share a few things we are going to do as a family to observe this Lenten season together:
During a conversation around our breakfast table, we discussed Lent and the stories or images that are often associated with it. From these stories we decided to form some activities that our family will engage in during the next 40 days.
1. Prayer – this is a no brainer, but prayer is at the very heart of Lent. We ask God to “create in us a clean heart”, to help us see ourselves and Him ever more clearly, and to deepen our union with Him. Because of this, we are going to set up a little prayer space in our house. It will be a corner with a little table, a candle, a prayer book, a bible and whatever else our kids decide to add to it. Both of them struggle with prayer (they think it is boring!) so there may be some unconventional items in our prayer space. However, the point is to create a space that reminds us to pray and helps take us further into our prayer practice.
2. Tie-Dye – As we talked about the imagery of Lent being the dying to self and Easter being the risen to new life, baptism naturally came up. In the process of the conversation, my husband shared with us that “baptism” was the word they used when they dyed fabric. What went in one color took on a new color after being dipped in the dye. I thought that was a beautiful picture of us sharing in the life of Christ – of being baptized into Him – and coming out colored by His life, death and resurrection. So….we are going to do a couple types of dyeing experiments. The first will be taking black shirts and using bleach on them (the idea being that He has washed us whiter than snow). The second will be taking white shirts and tie dyeing them to give us a physical picture of our lives taking on the colors of Jesus.
Go read the full entry here – there’s a lovely short reflection at the end!
Tara’s 2009 Lent & Kids post is here.
February 17, 2010
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February 16, 2010
Update: there is now a Lent category at Anglican Mainstream. You’ll find Anglican Mainstream’s daily Lenten devotionals here.
The roundup below is listed in alphabetical order by blog, not in order of priority.
At Awakenings, my Lutheran pastor friend Eric Swensson (aka the Pietist) posted a great prayer last week on the theme of Christ’s transfiguration and praying that His light would shine in the darkness of our hearts. I like it as a Lenten prayer. Eric usually has lots of good devotional material, so well worth bookmarking his site for Lent.
Orthodox priest and blogger Fr. Stephen Freeman has a number of recent posts in preparation for Lent at his wonderful blog Glory to God for All Things.
The Instinct of Repentance (This probably will form the basis for a stand alone entry here soon)
The Great Fast (I’m likely to post an excerpt from this tomorrow.)
A Sermon on Repentance (after St. John Chrysostom)
By the Waters of Babylon (a traditional Orthodox Lenten-season hymn)
Also, this morning I’ve reposted a previous Lenten reflection from Fr. Stephen “The Difficulty of Lent” from our old blog’s archives.
Christine Sine at Godspace today has posted Morning and Evening Prayers for Lent.
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February 16, 2010
From Amy at Splendor in the Ordinary blog and her Shrove Tuesday post, comes this list of ideas for Lent family activities – particularly appropriate for Ash Wednesday:
- Plant seeds in a flower pot to sprout by Easter, an easy symbol of new life for children to grasp.
- Play a game to see who can remember the most 40s mentioned in the Bible and see which ones fit the rubric of fasting and feasting that we see in Lent to Easter.
- Discuss as a family what Lent means and why it is a practice of the church, particularly sharing with each other what God has done in past Lenten Seasons as a means of encouragement to begin the fast again but also so that our children may see our hearts rather than what some may believe is just a time of guilt and rules and restrictions.
- Color a picture of the imposition of the ashes to prepare the children for what will happen during the Ash Wednesday service. Also coloring a cross to hang in their room. I’m also trying to think of something to do to illustrate our theme this year of “an undivided heart.“
- Read the Scripture for Ash Wednesday so we may begin to meditate and receive of His Word.
- We end by praying the Litany of Penitence.
February 16, 2010
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April 22, 2009
This is a must-read and bookmark resource for those wanting to truly celebrate the entire 50 day season of Easter: Celebrate Easter’s 50 Days. [Note: there are also some Pentecost celebration ideas included in the list of 50 ideas.] It is very family-focused and perhaps the best such list I have seen.
Here are some of my favorites:
6. Add an “alleluia” song—or three alleluias—to your grace before meals.
8. Make a poster of a life-giving cross. Add paper flowers and leaves to it throughout Easter. [Karen suggests: maybe each day add something you are thankful for about the cross, some sin that the Lord has conquered in your life, or some promise God has given that we know is sealed and true because of Christ's resurrection.]
10. Keep fresh flowers around.
13. Talk about baptism. Tell stories of family members’ baptisms.
28. If your family likes to sing and play instruments, have people over for a musical Easter celebration.
Thanks to Amy at Splendour of the Ordinary for the link!