Information for the Season of Lent 2021

Wednesday, February 17 through Saturday, April 3rd

The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.

The forty days of Lent are from Ash Wednesday though Holy Saturday omitting Sundays.  Historically these days were spent as a time of the preparation for baptismal candidates .  During Lent, all Christians 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” (BCP, p. 265). 

“Remember my brother/sister/sibling that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

A sobering reminder of our humanity is pronounced as ashes are placed upon our foreheads in this season.  As we are surrounded by the fruit of pandemic and crisis we have more than enough reason to hasten to the arms and grace of God.

Suggestions for the use of these 40 days:

+Pray (gather prayer concerns weekly from family and/or friends)

+Read a daily devotional (in print are online)

+Read scripture (suggestion begin in the Old Testament Genesis 1 and in the New Testament: John 1)

+Listen to hymns, gospels, instrumental tunes that feed and refresh your spirit

If we embrace this season with anticipation and joy, the fruit of God’s grace will be evident.  Each day that we are alive is a priceless gift.  Let us go through this season giving thanks, praying for one another, learning to trust in God, and leaning into the fellowship that we share as a family of believers. 

Prayers to Prepare Your Heart

(select one per day; consider writing a prayer) 

Prayer of Thomas Merton

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

“I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”  Amen.

Psalm 46:10a (sit quietly, palms on your lap, take deep breaths, read slowly)

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am …

Be still and know …

Be still … 

Be …

Prayer for Humility (an AA – Prayer — Cleveland)

Lord, I am far too much influenced by what people think of me.

Which means that I am always pretending to be either richer or smarter or nicer than I really am.

Please prevent me from trying to attract attention.

Don’t let me gloat over praise on the one hand or be discouraged by criticism on the other.

Nor let me waste time weaving imaginary situations in which the most heroic, charming, witty person present is myself. 

Show me how to be humble of heart like You.  Amen.

Bible Studies through Lent

From the Episcopal Church Website

Lent 1:  https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-lent-1-b-february-21-2021/

Lent 2:

Lent 3:

Lent 4:

Lent 5:

(The Revised Common Lectionary readings are the same as they were on this Sunday in 2018)

Palm Sunday:

(The Revised Common Lectionary readings are the same as they were on this Sunday in 2018)

Maundy Thursday:

(The Revised Common Lectionary readings are the same for Maundy Thursday)

Good Friday:

(The Revised Common Lectionary Readings are the same for Good Friday)

Easter Vigil

Readings and devotional thoughts will be posted in Holy Week.

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Here is the booklet of daily devotional reading written by the residents and staff of Westminster Canterbury, Richmond.