Lent at Home

Lent at Home

The 40-day season of Lent is often associated with the spiritual practice of fasting, giving up something that could distract us from our dependence on God. You might also enter Lent by adding another spiritual practice that helps you to reflect, repent, and renew your commitment to God. Here are a few ideas of ways to journey through the season of Lent, which begins this year with Ash Wednesday on March 1 and ends with Easter on April 16.

Living Lent Daily is a daily email prayer break with Scripture and related reflections, with suggestions for further exploration. Living Lent Daily is based on Sacred Space—the trusted online prayer site by the Irish Jesuits.

Pray-as-you-go is a prayerful, musical, scriptural podcast, also from our Jesuit friends. It's not too long (less than 15 minutes) and can set your day in the right space any time of year, including Lent.

Common Prayer, a liturgy for ordinary radicals is daily prayer you can follow year-round. d365 is another daily online devotional. d365 highlights Lent with their Journey to the Cross series.

Lent-At-Home is a booklet produced each year by Mennonite Church Canada, echoing the themes HMC will use in worship, and designed with families with young children in mind. You can download the booklet or pick up a hardcopy at church.

The Godspace blog at Mustard Seed Associates has lots of ideas for engaging with Lent, like daily Scripture readings, prayers, activities with children, music, and other creative expressions. Some of these resources can also be found in the HMC prayer room.

The social justice publication Sojourners once created this 40 ways to live simply for 40 days of Lent. You might also explore the idea of giving up indifference for Lent.

Goshen College faculty, staff, and students conutribute to daily Lent (and Advent) devotionals, based on the lectionary Scriptures, that you can receive by email or read on their website.

CommonWord at Mennonite Church Canada has many options of books to borrow or other resources to use for the season of Lent. If you're looking for a new prayer book to try this season, also check the HMC prayer room or talk to Pastor Alissa.