TitusOneNine: Open thread on Parish Lenten Programs

February 22, 2010

Canon Kendall Harmon has started an interesting thread over at TitusOneNine for discussion of parish Lenten programs.  Lots of good ideas there for books to read and discuss with others this Lent…, etc.


February 22, 2010

From the state constitution:

Part 1, Article 2:
It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience;

O Lord, we declare it so today.  Amen.

Trinity School for Ministry: 2010 Lenten Devotionals

February 22, 2010

I just updated our L&B Lent links and resources sidebar (finally!)

In the process, I discovered that Trinity School for Ministry (TSM) has a 2010 Lenten Devotional available.  You’ll find it here.

Note: there will be weekly installments posted (see the sidebar on the TSM page).  I’ll try to post all the links here.

Lent week 1: Feb 17-20


UPDATE:  The 2012 devotionals are here:


Lent Resources – An Online Lenten Calendar: “40 Ideas for 40 Days”

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.

Daniel 9:3-11

February 22, 2010

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)
      Lord Jesus, help us come to you as Daniel did.

And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant and mercy with those who love him, and with those who keep his commandments,” (Daniel 9:4)
      Father, please help us confess your mighty deeds and judgments and keep the covenant you have made with us through our baptism.

“we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from your precepts and your judgments.” (Daniel 9:5)
      We, the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church, have sinned and departed from your word. Have mercy on us.

“Neither have we heeded your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land.” (Daniel 9:6)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of Barack our President, the members of Congress, and the Supreme Court to seek after your righteous ways.

“O Lord, righteousness belongs to you, but to us shame of face, as it is this day–to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against you.” (Daniel 9:7)
      Jesus, because of the unfaithfulness of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and many of its people, tens and hundreds of thousands have fled the Episcopal Church. Bring the Episcopal Church back to your ways.

“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against you.” (Daniel 9:8 )
      Help us, Holy Spirit, recognize our shame; help us recognize our sin and repent.

“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him.” (Daniel 9:9)
      Father, thank you for the love and mercy you have shown us through your son, Jesus Christ. Help us repent of our rebellion and return to you.

“We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.” (Daniel 9:10)
      Holy Spirit, help us obey your voice and walk in the Word of God day by day.

“Yes, all Israel has transgressed your law, and has departed so as not to obey your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against him.” (Daniel 9:11)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we are a people called by your name: help us humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways so that you will hear from heaven and forgive our sins and help our land and your Church. Thank you. (See 2 Chronicles 7:14)

      A word received: Invite me in at the beginning.

Monday: 44; Genesis 37:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-19; Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 47, 48; Genesis 37:12-24; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Mark 1:14-28

Albany Intercessor

More on Lent for families / Lent in the home

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.

Lent Quotes – The Cross … Rubs, Chafes and Hurts

February 22, 2010

A Catholic blogger, whose blog, Mrs. Pogle’s World, I bookmarked last Lent because of her Lenten Prayer series, has an insightful comment about how so often these days Lent is seen about adopting “postive” practices – taking on some beneficial new practice.

Lent isn’t supposed to be positive, pleasant, easy. If we do take anything up, it should be our cross, which we should take up daily. the Cross is not a miniature one which we can just slip into our pocket and forget about, it is large, ungainly,unwieldy; it rubs and chafes and hurts.

Go read her whole entry.

An Idea for Lenten Reading: Signature Sins

February 22, 2010

A few months ago, a blog I read occasionally, A Ruach Journey, posted a series of entries about a book, Signature Sins ( Michael Mangis, IVP 2008), which updates the idea of “the seven deadly sins” for the 21st century.  I’m thinking this might make a good resource for study and reflection during Lent.  Here’s a portion of the initial blog entry on this book:

A few weeks ago I read Signature Sins by Michael Mangis (IVP 2008).  He talks about the seven deadly sins:, lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger, envy, pride and defines sin as a “failure of our soul to be fully attuned to God’s soul.” 15  He says a  signature sin is “my sin pattern . . . my sin profile.” 14 Signature sins are  “places where sin has most taken root. . . Primary root of sin which lies at the core.” 61 He suggests the following:

“Be in prayerful reflection about your own signature sins. Take note of those sins that cause a twinge of recognition.  Be especially mindful of where your heart may desire not to look.” 29

We need to name our signature sins.  It is a knowing of our secret nemesis.

  • Enter the process with reverence and prayer
  • Accuracy and thoroughness should be our first priority
  • Take great care
  • Choosing a name requires a growing familiarity with the sin itself—shades of meaning are important
  • Prayerfully submit to God’s naming of our sin.

Read the full entry here

Other blog posts at A Ruach Journey about this book:

Signature Sins: Pride

Signature Sins: Envy

Signature Sins: Anger

Signature Sins: Gluttony

Signature Sins: Lust

Signature Sins: Greed

Signature Sins: Sloth

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