Lent at Resurrection

A 40-Day Journey 

a 40-day journey

“Lent” describes a special 40-day period prior to the celebration of Easter Sunday. During this time, all believers are invited to observe a special time of “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” These 40 days invite us to come to the end of ourselves, and in doing so, we find ourselves prepared to receive the endless gifts of Christ as we journey through Holy Week and into Easter. 

An introduction to the season

What is Lent?

Father Trevor, a priest in our diocese who pastors City of Light Anglican in Aurora, IL, created this wonderful podcast episode introducing the season of Lent. He addresses the questions: 

  • What is Lent?
  • Why should I practice it?
  • Where did it come from?
  • How do I decide what to do during Lent?
  • How do I fast?
  • How do I pray?

What is Ash Wednesday, and why should we care?

Fr. Matt Woodley Mission Pastor If you’re new to Ash Wednesday, you might have a couple reactions. On the surface, it can seem like a real downer of a time—ashes, death, sin, mortality, ugh. Where is the hope of the Gospel?

From Matthew 6

Spiritual Disciplines for Lent

Lent is an opportunity to shut out things that are distracting us from God, while also beginning or expanding spiritual practices that help us
pay attention to him.

01

Giving

Giving to the needy, the persecuted, and the vulnerable has always been an essential component of Lenten practice.

02

Fasting

Abstaining from food, media, or other pleasures sharpens our recognition of our need for God and prompts us to pray. 

 

03

Praying

As we seek to remove distraction through fasting, Lent is an ideal time to expand our prayer life, whether through new kinds of prayer, or seeking to increase prayer regularity.

Start here

Download our guide to Readings, Prayer, and Fasting during the season of lent

A Few Ideas for Lenten Fasting

Will Chester Youth Pastor “It’s too late!” I thought as I looked at my calendar and realized it was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I didn’t grow up practicing any

Listen to our playlist

Songs for prayer, worship, encouragement, and strength in Lent. 

For contemplation

Lenten Art

Resurrection artists Michael Skura and Lindsey Bergsma collaborated to each paint depictions of
Jesus in the Wilderness for us to contemplate this Lent.

Resources From Our Sister Churches

"The Good of Giving Up" Devotional Series

The Great Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many

Why We Celebrate Ash Wednesday

“[Lent] was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence

Good Friday Gift

Creating a Home for Orphans in Nigeria

Every Good Friday, Resurrection collects a special gift for a global partner.

This year, we are partnering with Abp. Ben and Mama Gloria Kwashi to expand Zambiri House in Jos, Nigeria. Your gifts will help expand the capacity of Zambiri House to provide housing, meals, schooling, clothing, and healthcare for 1,000 children.

Select “Good Friday Gift” in the fund dropdown. 

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
“Return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

Joel 2:12-14

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