Lent is a season in our church calendar when we observe penitence, reflection, prayer, and fasting during the 40 days leading up to Easter. These 40 days reflect the 40 days Jesus spent after his baptism in the wilderness, fasting and overcoming temptations.
In the Episcopal tradition, we begin this season of Lent with the prayer, “Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts.”
On Ash Wednesday, we are invited, “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”
There are many ways to observe Lent. You may fast from something as well as take up a spiritual discipline of daily prayer and meditation on scripture. Below are three new offerings for 2021 from authors, pastors, and communities I find particularly enriching. Click on the images to learn more.
I pray blessing over you this Holy Lent.