Lent

What is Lent?

Lent is the 40 day period in which we prepare for the great Easter season and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Primarily and historically, this has meant a return to our discipleship and devotion to Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

It is a season of:

  • Repentance – confessing our sins and returning to the God of forgiveness.
  • Fasting – the voluntary denial of a normal function for a spiritual purpose.
  • Devotion – increased activity in worship, prayer, and service towards others.

How to Keep Lent Season at Home

  • This Devotion – This devotion is designed for you (and your family) to read through most of the Gospel of Mark, spending time each day reading God’s Word and offering prayers for yourself and others. You may also scroll down and you will find the week's Collect and readings; and instructions for prayer time. The readings are linked to the NIV translation.
  • Learning – A return to the knowledge and ways of God.  For a question and answer format, look into the Book of Common Prayer, pages 845-862.
  • Prayers – If you don’t have a regular prayer-time in your daily routine, now is a great time to start!  Your prayers don’t have to be complex, and neither do they have to be long or limited to the dinner table, but your prayers should include a prayer for the return of our Lord into your life.  You may pray when you wake up, at bedtime, or anytime during the day.
  • Acts of Service – The commands of God is to love God and love others.  Lent is a great time to serve another person or persons.  Volunteer at food shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Union Gospel Mission, write cards or letters, etc.  Don’t be afraid to ask others for ideas.

COLLECTS AND LESSONS FOR THE

Second WEEK of LENT:

O God, whose glory it is to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast to the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Just click on the day and it will take you to the NIV's reading for that day.

Sunday: Luke 13:22-35

Monday:  Luke 6:37-49

Tuesday: Luke 7:1-17

Wednesday: Luke 7:18-35

Thursday:  Luke 7:36-50

Friday:  Luke 8:1-21    

Saturday:  Luke 8:22-39


To listen to Fr. Mark's Ash Wednesday sermon, click here.

Prayer Time

Find a good place and time.  Put away all distractions and set your mind on God.

Open with the following:

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

 

Pray the Collect for the Week.

Read the Bible passage for the day.

Discuss or reflect on the following:

What does this passage tell me about God?

What does this passage say about man?

What does this passage say about me?

Pray the Lord’s Prayer:

 Our Father…

Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Pray for CTR, family, friends, enemies, and those who do not know Jesus.

Close by saying the following:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.

 

**Prayer transforms us**

This day/week what are things we are doing, saying, thinking that prepare us for the coming Resurrection of Jesus Christ?