Here are three suggestions for Lenten devotional guides. Two are available as a free .pdf (just click the appropriate link below). The other (in both “grown-up” and “family-friendly” editions) is available as a free .pdf attachment if you email Boykin Bell (who has purchased a congregational package). Choose one or use them all!
Who Is My Neighbor? Lenten Meditations (Episcopal Relief and Development, free .pdf download at link)
According to The Book of Common Prayer, Lent provides us with the opportunities for self examination, repentance, prayer, fasting and self-denial; and to read and meditate on God’s holy Word (BCP, p 265). This Lenten Season, Episcopal Relief & Development invites us to meditate on the commandment to love our neighbor and consider the meaning of this fundamental instruction in our daily lives. The Rev. Robin Denney, a parish priest and former missionary focused on agricultural development in Liberia and South Sudan, wrote this year’s meditations.
Living Well Through Lent 2023 (Living Compass, free .pdf download at link)
The Living Compass Spirituality and Wellness Initiative encourages the integration of heart, soul, strength and mind. Living Well Through Lent 2023: Practicing Compassion with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind includes reflections from: The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Martha Johnson Bourlakas, Robbin Brent, The Rev. Laurie Brock, The Rev. Jan Kwiatkowski, The Rev. Kyle Oliver, EdD, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jake Owensby, The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, The Rev. Jana Troutman-Miller, The Rev. Dr. Dawna Wall, The Rev. Deborah Woolsey, The Rev. Chris Yaw.
Henri Matisse and the Color of Lent (The Salt Project, free digital copy available by email)
From the gray of Ash Wednesday to the brilliant dawn of Easter Sunday, the season of Lent is a journey through color. The Salt Project pairs the words of Scripture and the art of Henri Matisse to create a devotional full of Scripture, art, and weekly practices, beginning with Matisse’s childhood in northern France to what he called his “masterpiece,” the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence. We have purchased a congregational “package” for both the “adult” and family-friendly versions (which are designed to be used side-by-side). If you would like a digital (.pdf) copy, email Boykin Bell.