43 Poems for Lent – a complete index of Patrick Comerford’s 2012 blog series

February 20, 2015

We continue to get many dozens of visitors at L&B who are looking for Lent poems.  Last year I posted a compilation of some Lent poems, a compilation of Holy Week poemsGood Friday poems, and Easter poems.  All four compilations are somewhat rough, and I need to update them all, since I now have additional poems by Malcolm Guite, Teresa Roberts Johnson and others to add.

As a small beginning to continue to upgrade our liturgical-year-themed poetry resources here at L&B, I thought it would be helpful if I compiled a complete index of the Rev. Patrick Comerford’s Lent 2012 series of daily Lenten poems, one of the best-ever Lenten blog series, in my opinion! It was that series that really stirred up a fresh interest for me in liturgically-themed poetry.

(Patrick Comerford is a priest in the Church of Ireland (Anglican), Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) and a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.)

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Poems for Lent (1): ‘Ash Wednesday’, TS Eliot

Poems for Lent (2): ‘Lent,’ George Herbert

Poems for Lent (3): ‘Indifference,’ by GA Studdert Kennedy

Poems for Lent (4): ‘Lenten Thoughts of a High Anglican,’ by John Betjeman

Poems for Lent (5): ‘Marked by Ashes,’ by Walter Brueggemann

Poems for Lent (6): ‘The Retreat,’ by Henry Vaughan

Poems for Lent (7): ‘Lent’ by Christina Rossetti

Poems for Lent (8): ‘Amen,’ by Leonard Cohen

Poems for Lent (9): ‘Sunday Morning, King’s Cambridge,’ by John Betjeman

Poems for Lent (10): ‘The Absence,’ by RS Thomas

Poems for Lent (11): ‘Untitled (The Fallen Angels left all there),’ by Patrick Kavanagh

Poems for Lent (12): ‘Forest Song,’ by Sir Shane Leslie

Poems for Lent (13): ‘Evensong,’ by CS Lewis

Poems for Lent (14): ‘In the Street,’ by Winifred M Letts

Poems for Lent (15): ‘Desert Places,’ by Robert Frost

Poems for Lent (16): ‘Lenten Communion,’ by Katharine Tynan

Poem for Lent (17): ‘Autobiography,’ by Louis MacNeice

Poems for Lent (18): ‘Christians and Pagans,’ by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Poems for Lent (19): ‘Confession’ (‘O What a cunning guest’), by George Herbert

Poems for Lent (20): ‘Christ’s Bloody Sweat’ by Robert Southwell

Poems for Lent (21): ‘Holy Cross,’ by Sir Shane Leslie

Poems for Lent (22): ‘St Patrick’s Day with Neil,’ by Thomas McCarthy

Poem for Lent (23): ‘Sunday Morning,’ by Louis MacNeice

Poems for Lent (24): ‘Man of the House,’ by Katherine Tynan

Poems for Lent (25): ‘The Snowdrop Monument (in Lichfield Cathedral)’ by Jean Ingelow

Poems for Lent (26): ‘Mid-Lent,’ by Christina Rossetti

Poems for Lent (27): ‘I saw the Sun at Midnight,’ by Joseph Mary Plunkett

Poems for Lent (28): ‘Barnfloor and Winepress,’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems for Lent (29): ‘Here It Is,’ by Leonard Cohen

Poems for Lent (30): ‘Fifth Sunday In Lent’ by John Keble

Poems for Lent (31): ‘Annunciation,’ by John Donne

Poems for Lent (32): ‘What the Thunder said,’ from ‘The Waste Land’ by TS Eliot

Poems for Lent (33): ‘Affliction’ by George Herbert

Poems for Lent (34): ‘Julian at the Mysteries’ by CP Cavafy

Poems for Lent (35): ‘It is a thing most wonderful,’ by William Walsham How

Poems for Lent (36): ‘Batter my heart, three person’d God’ by John Donne

Poems for Lent (37): ‘The Donkey,’ by GK Chesterton

Poems for Lent (38): ‘Sonnet written in Holy Week at Genoa,’ by Oscar Wilde

Poems for Lent (39): ‘All in an April Evening,’ by Katharine Tynan

Poems for Lent (40): ‘I see His Blood Upon the Rose,’ by Joseph Mary Plunkett

Poems for Lent (41): ‘The Last Supper,’ by Ranier Maria Rilke

Poems for Lent (42): ‘Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward,’ by John Donne

Poems for Lent (43): ‘Sepulchre,’ by George Herbert

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Note: We had previously compiled a list of 7 Easter poems posted by Patrick Comerford in 2012.

You’ll find all our Lent poem posts and resources here.  (Right now it’s a small collection, but I expect it to grow this Lent!).  I expect to soon break up the “Poems, Hymns and Songs” category into two or three separate categories to separate poetry from music.


Bp. John Guernsey – Praying for Persecuted Christians in Lent AND Praying for the Terrorists who persecute them

February 19, 2015

Bishop John Guernsey of the ACNA Mid-Atlantic Diocese has written a Lenten letter calling for sacrificial prayer for persecuted believers around the world.  In a startling twist however, he is ALSO urging believers to pray for the terrorists who persecute them, and he has linked to a very helpful resource to help us pray, as well as providing some suggested ways of praying.

This Lenten season is a time of renewal of our spiritual disciplines of prayer, reading and studying Scripture, fasting, sacrificial giving of our money and our time for the sake of others.

Especially during this season, would you commit to making prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters a central part of your devotions? Would you pray more earnestly for their witness and for their deliverance? Would you pray for God to turn even these acts of evil for his Kingdom purposes?

And would you pray for the terrorists themselves to repent and turn to Christ? Did you know there’s even a website where you can find profiles of terrorists so you can adopt one and commit to pray for him to repent and come to Christ. It’s Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer.

The site offers insightful suggestions as to how to pray for a terrorist. I’m praying for Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS, to repent and turn to Christ. So I’m using the Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer guide to intercede for him, praying…

  • for irresistible pursuit by God’s Spirit: “Holy Spirit, relentlessly pursue Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to the depths of his hideout, that he may not escape your grace.”
  • for powerful demonstrations of God’s grace: “Lord, expose Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to the precious testimony of Jesus’ followers.”
  • for vulnerability: “Dear God, strip from Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi all his defenses that he may turn to Jesus for hope and salvation.”
  • for conviction of sin and sense of shame: “Jesus, confront and overwhelm Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi with his shameful deeds and sinful nature till he becomes desperate for righteousness from you.”
  • for God’s honor: “God, may the redemption of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi clearly display your character and glory.”
  • against spiritual blindness and bondage: “Lord, release Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi from Satan’s grip and open him to sense and know your grace in Jesus.”

Our God is mighty to save. Let’s cry out to him this Lent (and beyond!) for justice for his precious children.

From here

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Update:  Just after I posted this, I recalled that I had seen a link earlier this week to a post at Desiring God about praying for our enemies.  I went and dug it up.  It’s a very challenging article by John Piper:  Pray for those who abuse you.  It’s worth prayerful reading, and it makes a powerful double punch when combined with Bp. Guernsey’s letter.


Bishop Julian Dobbs – Lent Bible Study Video series on Vimeo

February 19, 2015

Thanks to a link posted by Pat Dague at Incline Your Heart, I just discovered that Bishop Julian Dobbs of the ACNA is posting a Lenten Bible Study Series on Vimeo:  “What Happens After We Die”

Here’s how the Rev. Matt Kennedy at Church of the Good Shepherd described the series:

Bishop Dobbs has begun a Lenten video teaching series entitled: “What Happens After We Die”. In it he will discuss death, Hell, Heaven, and the Resurrection. The first video deals with the biblical concept of “Hades”. The series is expositional, grounded in the Scriptures, so you’ll need your Bible as you watch and listen.

Here’s the link to Bishop Dobbs’ Vimeo page so you can watch all the episodes.


Lent activities for children and families – favorite links

February 19, 2015

I regret that I’ve had little time to be able to dig for new resources to recommend for children / families or Sunday School lessons during Lent.  We always have MANY visitors to our blog looking for those.  This year, I’ve just not had the time to put together any new resource compilations for family activities.

But here are a few old favorites, which I’ve checked to make sure the links are still working:

From Catechist’s Journey – an excellent Roman Catholic site:

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Fridge Art:  Family Activities for celebrating Lent & Easter

Fridge Art:  The Lenten Cross – a Lenten version of a “Jesse Tree” with a reading and a symbol for each day of Lent.

There is also a shorter similar 12-day activity – “The Easter Tree” from the FridgeArt site.

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Christine Sine at Godspace has put together a good compilation of Lent links for 2015, including a number of compilations for children & families:

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From here at Lent & Beyond:  one of our most popular posts of all-time is from 2010

Lent and Ash Wednesday Activity Ideas for Families

also, our 2014 entry: Resources for Celebrating Holy Week with Kids

Our Lent: Children & Families category has more links

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As always, we invite our readers to share your favorite links & resources in the comments, thanks!


Anglican Mainstream’s Lent Meditations for 2015

February 19, 2015

Yesterday I did not know for sure whether Anglican Mainstream would be posting daily Lent reflections this year.

The answer is YES they are…

Here’s the link

Here’s an excerpt from today’s entry for Feb. 19:

Lent is an opportunity to consider the truth of the Gospel as rooted in the Cross of Christ, (which is not necessarily a popular message). The idea that we are called to give up ourselves, our own will and power, is a message that goes against the Gospel of the culture. Lent is a season to learn through the spiritual disciplines that to die to self and the world, and to live our life in the fullness of God is a witness to a broken and needy world.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, You have suffered death on the Cross for our sins. Oh, Holy Cross of Jesus, be my true light! Oh, Holy Cross, fill my soul with good thoughts.
Oh, Holy Cross, ward off from me all things that are evil. Oh, Holy Cross, ward off from me all dangers and deaths and give me life everlasting! Oh, Crucified Jesus of Nazareth, have mercy on me now and forever.

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:  “Since we are bound to abhor any deception which hides the truth from our sight, we must of necessity repudiate any direct relationship with the things of this world–and that for the sake of Christ. Wherever a group, be it large or small, prevents us from standing alone before Christ, wherever such a group raises a claim of immediacy it must be hated for the sake of Christ. For every immediacy, whether we realize it or not, means hatred of Christ, and this is especially true where such relationships claim the sanctions of Christian principles.”– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from “The Cost of Discipleship.


Lent Prayer Challenge 2015 – 40 daily prayers for missionaries serving among the least-reached people groups

February 18, 2015

The evangelical mission agency Christar has put together a very nice list of prayer suggestions for use in Lent 2015 – key prayer requests, one per day, for missionaries serving among unreached / least-reached people groups around the world, including those in “creative access” countries where traditional missions work is not allowed, and where risk of persecution is high.

If you know any missionaries, it would make a great Lenten discipline to use this list to shape your prayers for them during Lent.

Throughout Lent, we will routinely Tweet about people groups and countries needing prayer, the persecuted church, and issues of religous freedom.


Lent 2015 – some recommended links

February 18, 2015

This post will stay at the top of the blog for awhile. Look below for new entries.

  • Biola University’s Lent Project site.  So good.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  Meaty reflections on Scripture, accompanied by visual art and music.  It’s such a treat, and really good “soul food.”
  • Barnstorming blog.  YAY!  Emily Polis Gibson is once again posting Lent reflections.  Her photos and poetry and reflections make this a great site for spiritual encouragement. One of my favorite blogs year round, but especially during Advent & Lent.

There are 30 more links below, including Trinity School for Ministry, Lent poetry sites, Pray as You Go etc. etc… – please keep reading!

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