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Lent in different church traditions
What's the Deal with Lent?
Skepticism about this season is based mostly on myths and misconceptions. This article by Anglican pastor Aaron Damiani dispels common misconceptions and explains how observing Lent can enrich one's spiritual walk.
Lent Q&A: Everything you were embarrassed to ask about Lent
St. Thomas University provides answers to common questions about Lent, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter, in the Roman Catholic tradition.
Evangelicals Embracing (and Rejecting) Lent
Trevin Wax of LifeWay Christian Resources and Wheaton College discusses the increasing popularity of lent among young evangelicals and viewpoints that oppose its observance.
Great Lent in the Orthodox Church
Fr. Photius Avant of St. Sava Orthodox Church in Allen, TX explains in this brief video why the Orthodox Church observes the 40-day Great Fast and gives a reflection on the commemoration for the first Sunday in Lent--The Triumph of Orthodoxy.
Lent - a season of repentance, prayer and fasting
This video from Catholic Online presents an overview of Lent, is a season of repentance, prayer and fasting. The season lasts for 40 days, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter. The season reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in prayer and fasting in the desert before starting his public ministry.
Lent with Saint Augustine by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2014
"Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new," prayed Saint Augustine. He searched long and passionately so, moving through various philosophies like a lost sheep. In the end, however, he discovered that God is near, within himself, in the depths of his soul. Augustine's Confessions immortalized the path of his conversion, a humble and sincere testimony of a sinner who experienced unconditional love. In Lent with Saint Augustine, Waldemar Turek presents selected excerpts for each day of Lent from this pearl of spirituality and literature, while incorporating commentary that takes the cycle of liturgical readings into account. These reflections serve as a prayerful aid for living Lent spiritually, allowing the reader to better experience the sacred while returning to the sources of faith to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.
Lenten Services by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2009
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary and broadly ecumenical, this addition to the Just In Time series provides: Sitting with the Text: Scripture commentary for each of the three lectionary years; Worship and Preaching Themes; Creating the Environment: ideas for decorating and preparing the worship space; Shaping the Worship Service: prayers, liturgies, dramas, music suggestions; Scripture Index; and more. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, Lenten Services aids the reader in planning and implementing transformative worship services throughout the Lenten journey.
Various views and reflections on Lent and Holy Week
Lent - links from Christian History and Christianity Today
Lent marks a 40-day period on the church calendar leading up to the celebration of Easter. During Lent, Christians have traditionally engaged in practices of self-denial, like fasting, meant to orient their hearts and minds to the sufferings of Christ, who spent 40 days in the desert fasting and enduring temptations from Satan. While many evangelicals reject Lenten disciplines for their associations with Catholicism, in recent years a greater number have experimented with practices like giving up a favorite indulgence or abstaining from meat on Fridays.