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.
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.
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.
UPDATE: The 2012 devotionals are here:
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
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.