Ash Wednesday, on Feb. 14, 2018, invites us to the observance of a holy Lent--the season of penitence, reconciliation and renewal that leads to Easter. For those taking on a devotional practice during Lent, here are some recommended resources.
Join Episcopalians around the world in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. The readings begin Feb. 11 and continue through Pentecost, May 20. The Good Book Club offers printable Bible studies, podcasts, blogs, reflections and daily meditations to accompany the reading each week. Visit the Web site here to learn more and access these resources.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing devotions for the upcoming Lenten season. Titled Set Free By Truth, their Lenten devotions begin with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14 and continue through Easter Day, April 1. Each segment of Set Free By Truth presents Scripture citations, a reflection and a prayer. A free download of Set Free By Truth is available here.
Episcopal Relief & Development's 2018 Lenten Meditations are now available in English and Spanish here, where you can also sign up for daily e-mail meditations. The 2018 meditations focus on the gifts of children through the poignant and joyous reflections of educators, caregivers, parents and grandparents.
Lent Madness offers a light-hearted way to learn more about the saints during Lent. Vote online daily for favorites among 32 saints who are paired off in a tournament-style bracket. The last saint standing at the end of Lent wins the game's golden halo. Click here to join in the madness.
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is offering a Lenten series titled Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. Beginning on Feb. 11, this six-week Lenten journey offers reflections on John through prayer and reflection. Free downloads of the accompanying prayer journal and additional resources are available here, along with a sign-up for daily video and meditation e-mails.
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul's Lenten preaching series, From Fear to Hope, offers a simple service with sermon every Thursday in Lent at noon (Feb. 15 - March 29). Each service is followed by a conversation with the preacher over brown-bag lunch. All are welcome to attend. Each week's speaker is listed on the diocesan Events page.
Throughout Lent, the congregations of the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative are hosting video screenings of speakers from the 2018 Trinity Institute Conference in New York City. Each evening begins with a meal and includes time for discussion and reflection. The series will take place on the following dates: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7, March 15 and March 20. All are welcome. Learn more here or visit the diocesan Events page.
United Lenten Devotions: This Wednesday night series begins Feb. 21 among the congregations of St. Augustine and St. Martin, St. Cyprian's and Resurrection Lutheran in Roxbury and the St. Mark's and St. Mary's churches in Dorchester. This year's reflection topic is immigrant justice. Each evening's fellowship, Scripture and sermons will provide opportunities to reflect on ways that Christians are called to be in relationship with immigrant communities. During the dinner that precedes each service, those gathered are invited to engage in intentional conversation to get to know somebody new. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the liturgy at 7 p.m. Find the full schedule here.