January 17, 2021

Lenten Links: Resources for A Post-Evangelical Lent

q2_lent1.JPGAsh Wednesday (and the beginning of Lent) is one week from today, so it’s an appropriate time to point you in the direction of some good Lenten Links. If you’ve made the big step into observing Advent, Lent should be next in your appreciation of the Christian year..

Since most of you have already done 40 Days of Purpose, you’ve got the 40 days down. Now just get them in the right order, add the weekends, and head for Holy Week. (Just don’t give up my blog for Lent, unless you’re “Truth Unites….” Then by all means…)

I enjoy observing Lent devotionally. I haven’t fasted in past years, but may do so this year.

I hope these resources are helpful to all of you who are interested in a more intentional spiritual formation in worship and prayer.

The Weekly Lectionary for Lent.

Read the Church Fathers during Lent. This is really a great project, which you can do online or print out a rather large pdf. (Watch out for Cyprian, Protestants. He’s hard core 🙂

Lent in Wikipedia.

Christianity Today has a brief historical introduction.

Lent in the Catholic Encyclopedia. (Old and dull, but comprehensive.)

Church Year.net has the largest information page on Lent I’ve seen.
(Roman Catholic, and very helpful.)

Aggie Catholics has a full FAQ from the Roman Catholic side. Very informative.

A simple explanation for children. (Lutheran)

Lots of resources at a blog dedicated to Lent.

Slate did a piece on Protestant participation in Lent.

Lent at “The Text This Week.” Dozens of ecumenical resources, mostly mainline Protestant, including sermons and liturgical helps.

Lent in the Episcopal Church. Some week by week facts.

CRI Voice has a complete guide for Protestants wanting to understand Lent.

Ken Collins has a Protestant overview of Lent, including why some Protestants don’t like it.

Mark Roberts on a Protestant practice of Lent.

Scripture readings for Lent.

And, of course, not to be forgotten: Pancake Day. I probably should include a fish recipe, shouldn’t I? We eat fish with our RC brothers and sisters every Friday in Lent.

Do you have Lenten resources, books, articles, links or experiences that would be helpful to the diverse IM audience? Share them in the comments.


  1. Bror Erickson says

    Never read the “Purpose Driven Life” thing so I’m not sure what you mean by add the weekends. But it should be noted Lent is 40 days, six and a half weeks not counting Sundays, which are always a celebration of the Resurection, hence a feast day, or actually Easter. So you are not supposed to fast on Sunday even during Lent, bread and water or whatever Monday through Saturday, but eat a steak on Sunday.

  2. Well if you’ve never read PDL you’re not saved anyway 🙂

  3. Dude, I’m glad you posted this!

    1. I had forgotten that Lent was creeping up on us. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a church that observes the Church Calender, so I needed the reminder. Hopefully, I’ll make it to Ash Wednesday services with my Catholic girlfriend.

    2. I’ve wanted to get some of the Church Fathers’ writings under my belt and was looking for a new devotional anyway. So this is a perfect chance. I wonder if I can get the cardreader on my NDS to handle .pdf files…

    BTW, I got turned onto this site via Steve Brown’s site. That was a great interview.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing all of these resources. My church growing up never celebrated lent, and it’s still not really a solid part of my tradition. Nevertheless, I think it’s an important part of Christian living, and would like to celebrate it… but it’s kind of hard to know what to do when you’ve not really been exposed to it. So thanks 🙂

  5. Thanks for the links. These books are great resources, too: “Reliving the Passion” by Walter Wangerin, Jr. and “Ancient Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year” by Robert Webber.

  6. I’ve only barely begun to explore it, but this looks like it has some useful links for understanding Great Lent from the Eastern perspective.


  7. It is traditional for Catholics to pray the Stations of the Cross, particularly on Fridays, during Lent. There are books with the Stations and accompanying meditations available for private devotion, or if you are up for it, you could attend the public prayer of the Stations at your local Catholic Church. Our parish has soup and bread dinners at 6 and the Stations at 7 on Fridays during Lent. The stations are a beautiful, solemn meditation on the Passion. I have often thought that the Stations, together with the solemn Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday (the only day Mass is not offered) are a great ecumenical opportunity since they offer a closenss to the suffering One we all profess. I have been wanting to invite my Protestant friends, but have lacked the courage. I hope you have a grace filled Lent.

  8. Thanks Michael. These days even we evangelical Anglicans don’t observe Lent the way we used to. Right now it would be a good discipline for my heart to consider how to make this time significant, a refocusing on holiness.

  9. Good links, Michael. I’ve been contemplating lent for this year, and want to start at a spiritual discipline instead of picking something to fast from. The daily prayer podcast I’ve used is great, but something more intentional might be good. Our church doesn’t do too much with the church year, but we have done more with the new pastor in the last 12 months than we have since joining in 2000.

    Also, 40 days may be a bit much for this, but I might spend some serious time in Jesus’ parables with the Capon book I got for Christmas. (Anything devotional and focused on Christ has to be good, eh?)

  10. Hans Zaepfel says

    I was a member of an Episcopal church in eons past that traditionally had a pancake supper the night before Lent. We got a new pastor in who thought Christians eating alot of pancakes with sugary syrup was not in the right spirit of the Lenten season and so instituted a salad supper for Shrove Tuesday. That went over like a lead flapjack and the next year we were back to pancakes.

  11. I have noticed on the internet that several Baptist churches are scheduling Ash Wednesday and Lenten observances. I’m not sure how many are SBC.

    In observing spiritual disciplines during Lent, let us not lose sight of the cross and the empty tomb at the end of the season. Recently, I have run into several writings concerning puritan despair. Law serves to drive us to Christ; it cannot make us like Christ. This is why phrases like “purpose driven” really spook me.

  12. For Good Friday, one of my friend wrote 7 songs for a service called Tenebrea. You can download the music here:

    The texts are there:

    The details of the project are here:

    The informations are in french but the music has no words, so it’s quite easy to understand it 🙂

    Tenebrea is a great service, where we read the seven last word of Christ and a candle is blown after each text. At the end we’re in the dark and we read the text from Psalm 22.
    It’s a great way to mediate on the suffering and the love of Christ.

  13. Michael, please never say someone is not a Christian because he/she has not read a particular book! I have read only a part of the Purpose Driven Life, but have also read many books by Agnes Sanford, the MacNutts (as well as have taken their Level I, II and currently working on III), etc. I still consider myself a Christian. Please rethink the words that sound like judgments. Thanks.

  14. Brenda,

    Uh…..that was humor. Hence the smiley face.

  15. Bror Erickson says

    You had me goin there Michael, glad you cleared that up for me. I thought I was going to hell and you were smiling about it!:) Shoot can I cancel the order I put in to Amazon now?

  16. IMonk,
    Thanks for calling us to remember a most holy season with deep historic roots for ALL Christ-followers. And keep those smiley faces coming. Does PDL on audio count? 🙂

  17. Bror,

    Please save your money. Get the book from the public library. (And yes, I have seen at least one Purpose Drive type there.) I left it there, also. I heard enough about Rick Warren and Saddleback when I lived in his area.

  18. Anne mentions the Stations of the Cross. This is a devotional that is also prayed weekly during the Lenten season.
    Basically, in most if not every Catholic church there are fourteen icons or “stations” on the church walls that are sequenced in the order of Our Lord’s passion, crucifixion and death. The priest stands in front of each station and with the congregation prays and meditates on that station, e.g., Jesus falls the first time.
    It’s a way to visually enter into the mystery of Our Lord’s suffering and death. It also has an audio. It’s a powerful devotional.
    The following is a website that has the why, how and do.

  19. Sorry!
    The Stations at the church does not come with an audio. Rather the website has an audio selection.
    Mea Culpa!

  20. At Asbury we publish a Lenten Reader for the students. We also maintain a blog with the daily readings for those online. It is a way for our community to be devotionally reading the same texts together. This Lent (and EasterTide) we are reading through the book of John. You can go to http://www.asburyreader.com for the daily readings and occasional podcasts that supplement it.

  21. Thanks for sharing these links! I had been searching the Internet all week for a comprehensive resource, and I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog.

  22. Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles has a Online Lenten journal you can download at http://ebcla.org/docs/LentenJournal2008.pdf

  23. Thanks for these!

    (also the Evergreen journal – which I embarassingly was ignorant of. Doh!)

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