The 40 days of Lent lead up to the exciting celebration of Easter. In its earliest form, Lent was a period of prayer and fasting for believers who were preparing to be baptized. Today, we still prepare for the joy of Christ's saving resurrection through this season of preparation, purgation, and penitence. (Read more about The Great Lent here.)
Each season in the church year helps us remember some aspect of Jesus' life. During Lent, we remember that Jesus suffered. He was "a man of sorrows—acquainted with bitterest grief" (Isaiah 53:3). He was rejected and finally killed because he was obedient to God his Father. Lent reminds us that "since Christ suffered and underwent pain . . . you must be ready to suffer, too" (1 Peter 4:1) The good news, though, is that Jesus suffered, he understands our sufferings, and he is with us in them.
During this season of Lent, may we remember Jesus' words: "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrow; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
To learn more about how to partake in the Lenten journey, listen to Father Brett's Ash Wednesday sermon (coming soon).
Prepare for Holy Week this Lent with God's Saving Deeds: a study of the readings of the Easter Vigil. Click here for the devotional book filled with teaching, discussion questions, family questions, and 10 original paintings.
You can pick up the new Daily Prayer booklets for Lent at the Guest Center or in All Saints Chapel. You'll also find a wonderful collection of daily devotionals and prayers from the early Church Fathers specifically for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
New to Lent? In his book, Fr. Aaron Damiani, the rector of our church plant Immanuel Anglican in Chicago, shares his story of coming into the season of Lent as an Evangelical from a low-church, non-liturgical background. This layman's guide explains the season of Lent, defends it theologically, and guides you in its practice, encouraging you to participate in what many know as a rich spiritual journey.
You can read a free preview or purchase the book here.
2/14 Ash Wednesday — Father Brett Crull
2/18 Lent 1 — Canon Stephen Gauthier
2/25 Lent 2 — Bishop Stewart Ruch III
3/4 Lent 3 — Father Gregory Whitaker
3/11 Lent 4 — Father Brett Crull
3/18 Lent 5 — Deacon Matt Woodley
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