Lent & Holy Week 2014 – Links and Resources

March 7, 2014

UPDATED April 14, 2014:  (This post will remain at the top of the blog throughout Lent & Holy Week. Look below for new entries.)

lentSince we’ve got hundreds of Lent and Holy Week entries in our archives – prayers, quotes, devotionals, resources, and much more,  I wanted to highlight some links for our readers to make it easy to find various types of Lent and Holy Week posts more easily.

ALL Holy Week Entries

Recent Compilations or Featured Posts:

Other Featured Entries / Category links:


ALL LENT ENTRIES (Holy Week entries are also linked in the Lent categories)

Lent Devotionals , Lent – Family & Children’s activities , Lent Prayers , Lent Quotes , Lent Resources,

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Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: Lent Resource Guide

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!


Lenten Music Links & Compilation of Musical Resources for Lent

March 7, 2014

Last update:  7 March  2014

I’ve created a new Lent & Beyond blog sub-category specifically for Lenten Music.  All posts featuring musical selections during Lent can be found with that link.

I’ve been inspired to focus on Lenten music this year since several blogs and websites (notably Biola’s Lent Project site, and Dr. Emily Polis Gibson’s Barnstorming blog) have already posted some stunning music this year, and I’d like to keep track of the links here with the aim of developing a good Lenten music playlist.  Please feel free to leave recommendations in the comments!

There are five sections below:

1.  Traditional / Sacred Music
2.  Contemporary Songs
3.  Recommended Albums
4.  Additional Compilations / Lent Music Recommendations & Resources
5.  Blogs / Websites that feature music as part of daily Lenten devotional entries:

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Don’t miss Barnstorming today: O Deus, ego amo te

March 7, 2014

Dr. Emily’s post at Barnstorming today is MUST reading & listening.

She features a prayer by St. Francis of Xavier, and a musical rendition of that prayer by the Benedictions of St. Mary from their “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” album.

Find 10 minutes in your day for worship & reflection in reading, listening to and praying this prayer.  You won’t regret it.

O Deus, ego amo te,
O God I love Thee for Thyself
Nec amo te ut salves me,
and not that I may heaven gain
Nec quod qui te non diligent,
nor yet that they who love Thee not
Æterno igne pereunt.
must suffer hell’s eternal pain.

Ex cruces lingo germinat,
Out of the bud of the wood of the Cross
Qui pectus amor occupant,
wherefore hearts’ love embraces
Ex pansis unde brachiis,
whence out of extended arms
Ad te amandum arripes. Amen.
you lovingly take us. Amen.
~Prayer of St. Francis Xavier  “O Deus Ego Amo Te” 18th Century Traditional

A few more ideas for Lent Devotional reading

March 7, 2014

Thanks to a post at Stand Firm, I was reminded of Bible Gateway’s online daily devotionals.

They have two specific Lenten devotional offerings:

Lent Devotions
Journey to Easter with this eclectic and interesting selection of readings, prayers, quotes, and Scripture passages.

The Story of Jesus
How well do you know the life and work of Jesus Christ? This devotional will walk you through the entire life of Jesus Christ on earth, from beginning to end.

There’s also a 40 day devotional with a selection of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings.  It started in February, but you could go back to Day 1 and use it as a Lenten Devotional:

40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
What does it take to remain faithful amidst terrible persecution? A 40-day devotional journey through the writings of famous World War 2 pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


Finally, one other recommended Lenten Devotional resource:

Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City has an online Lenten Devotional website.  There are daily short meditations tracing the promise of a Redeemer throughout the Scriptures.  I’m enjoying these a lot – they are very Gospel-centered.  Highly recommended.


Philippians 4:4-9 and John 17:17

March 7, 2014

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
      Jesus, you are my joy. Help me turn to you with your joy in my heart.

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
      Holy Spirit, soften my heart: give me the heart of Jesus for the lost and the least, for the wounded and weary.

      Thank you Jesus for being at hand to help me through everything.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
      Father, please help daily find the comfort of resting in your arms and laying aside all anxieties. Thank you that I can come to you day by day as your adopted child.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
      Jesus, thank you for giving me your peace in the midst of the battle. Thank you for guarding my heart and my mind.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 )
      Holy Spirit, fill my mind with what is good and virtuous and drive from me all evil thoughts. Help me daily clothe myself in the full armor of God, especially the helmet of salvation. Thank you.

      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
      Father, please help me learn and receive and see all that is in your word, and so live in your peace. Thank you.

How easy it is
for me to live with you, Lord.
How easy it is to believe in you
when my mind reels from not understanding,
or when my mind weakens–
when the most intelligent people cannot think
beyond the evening and do not know
what must be done tomorrow.
You convey to me the
lucid assurance that you exist,
that you will see to it that not all paths
toward good will be closed.
At the peak of earthly renown
I look back with amazement at
that road which by no stretch of the imagination
I could have devised–
A remarkable road through despair
which has led me here
where I too have been able
to send mankind
reflections of your rays–
As for what I
won’t have time or ability for–
This means that you have
reserved it for others.
      Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17)
      Make us holy by your word of truth.

A word received: Seek me as you read my word.

A word received: Hope in me. Hope in the salvation I offer. Look to me when you are discouraged.

Friday: 95* & 31 * 35; Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32: Phil. 4:1-9: John 17:9-19
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ezek. 39:21-29: Phil. 4:10-20: John 17:20-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, March 3, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. I know I have said this the last three or four weeks, but this morning was one of the most BITTER COLD days in the history of our regular Monday prayer table. It was only 11 degrees at the start! It was so cold the ink in my pen froze and I had to use a pencil. Very little traffic — vehicular AND foot — today in Amsterdam, perhaps because of the extreme cold. But the few who came today took a LOT of food and clothing. The need continues to be great. Deacon Alan Hart at His table today.)

t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c — received free winter clothing items we offer.
f — received free non-perishable food we offer.

MARGARET — Asked for prayer for Christ’s love to spread out all over Amsterdam I told her “Why not aim bigger? How about all over the world!”

f,c, t — DONNA — This needy young woman asked for prayer that her husband and family will be safe and cared for, and that somehow they will be able to keep the house they have been living in. She took a great deal of food because she said “A lot of people live in our house, and we don’t have a lot to eat. Thank you (church) so much for your help.”

f,c — NANCY — Another very needy woman who lives with her sister in our neighborhood. There was a time when she would not come to the table because she is Roman Catholic and was very distrusting of our motives. Now, she says, we help her ” … get by.”

MAILMAN — I asked him (new mailman) if he wanted prayer and he just smiled. But after bringing our mail into our church office, he came back out and handed me a “Hothands” hand warmer bag. He smiled again and said “You need this out here!” (Note: I had intended to give it to someone at the table who needed it, but no one else came today. I will give it out to someone next week.)

TWO ANGRY DRIVERS IN THE STREET (no names) — For the second week in a row we had an incident of “road rage” of something that happened a block or two away carrying over to stopping at the long light in front of our church. They were honking horns and making gestures at each other. I stood up and called to them to stop swearing in front of a house of God. I don’t think they heard me, and then they drove off. I prayed aloud after them that the incident would pass without either man starting a physical fight.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

Gary (staff) — He asked prayer for a family that is in trauma.
      He asked prayer for his son Josh that he would find a wife after God’s own heart.
      He asked prayer for Debbie who lifted a 40 lb. bag 2 months after surgery and strained something.
      He reported that Smiley (staff) is recovering from the stroke.
      He asked prayer for Kathy who needs deliverance from alcohol.
      He asked prayer for guidance about his going on a mission trip.
      He asked prayer for the Youth for Christ ministry to the Scotia/Glenville schools.

Dan (staff) — He asked prayer for Dougie who is suffering from depression.
      He asked prayer for Vivian (in her 80s) who is still very weak from surgery.
      He asked prayer for Debbie who has been moved to a rehab facility to get strengthened for chemo and radiation for Stage 4 cancer.
      + He asked prayer for Woody who has liver cancer and been given 3-6 months to live.
      He asked prayer for Diane whose 34 year old husband Zack died. They have two daughters (8 & 4) and Diane is pregnant with a baby diagnosed with Spina Bifida.

+ a Desmond (man) — He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

+ Richard (man) — He forgave people who had hurt him and accepted Jesus’ forgiveness.

Ted (volunteer) — Camille has been off all meds this past week because of a reaction to an antibiotic they were treating her with for Lyme’s disease. She starts a new antibiotic today (Friday).

+ a Keith (man) — He has anger management issues. He forgave those who have hurt him and asked prayer for his anxiety. He needs to give his anxieties to the Lord.

Albany Intercessor

A Prayer For Those Wrestling With Sin

March 7, 2014

From our July 2004 archives, originally posted by Canon Kendall Harmon at TitusOneNine.

A prayer for those wrestling with sin

Kendall Harmon posted this on Titusonenine. It moved me deeply:

O! Blessed Lord, who art the Comforter of all sad and sin-sick Souls, comfort me. I humbly entreat thee, in this height of my Fears and Sorrows. But first convert me, and then comfort me. I am over-laden with Sins, which overload me with Sorrows. And do thou, O God, rid me of my Sins, that I may get rid of my Sorrows. Nay, rid me of my Sins, tho’ for my just Punishment in this World, thou leavest me under my sorrows. Whatever befal my Body, for just Punishment of my grievous Crime, for which I am here in Custody; let true Repentance set my Soul safe, and secure it of they everlasting Mercy, for the Merits of thy dear Son, and of my sweetest Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.

John Kettlewell (1653-1695)


March 7, 2014

Exodus 27:20-21
God said to Moses, “And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.

In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.

The Lord was specific in His in commands because this process of beating the olive would yield the purest form of oil. Beaten olive oil was made by bruising the oils in a mortar or mill without the application of heat. Inferior oil could be made under stronger pressure and with the aid of heat.

Immediately before the Passover (Luke 21:37) as Jesus was “accustomed” He went to the Mount of Olives to a place called Gethsemane which means oil-press. There in Gethsemane He began His journey of prayer where he was hard pressed (Luke 22:39). Jesus asked the Father to take this cup away from Him but He knew in His heart of hearts that this was the cup He was to partake of. In the olive press of prayer His “sweat became like great drops of blood.” (Luke 22:39-45; Mark 14:32-42).

Isaiah 53:5
He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities.

Because of what He did for us we are blessed with an anointing of oil, which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. We are anointed to do what He did in His ministry, and even greater works are we to do.

Our Father in heaven,
By Your grace, the Christians of Syria are anointed with the Holy Spirit. In all of the tribulations of of their lives, help them display ever more brightly the love of the Lord Jesus Christ so that Syria’s destiny in Jesus, through Jesus, and for Jesus may unfold. Amen.

Reference: Olive Oil is the Holy Anointing Oil

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