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Lent and Easter Resources

HERE ARE WEB SITES we've found or have received from Anglicans Online readers. Let us know if you come across other good links, and we'll add them here.

General resources for Lent
Holy Week and Easter


Shrove Tuesday

Customs of Shrove Tuesday
A lighthearted look at the customs of Shrove Tuesday.


General Resources
Please note: These are in no particular order.

New for 2013

50 Days of Fabulous. Readings and Reflections for Eastertide.

Carrie Swanlund and the Allegri Miserere. This is the first in a six-part series of brief meditations on Lent from the Church of St Martin in the Fields, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.

The Stations of the Cross: A Meditation on the Heart of the Father, by the Revd Jeff Krantz.

Episcopal Relief and Development 2013 Lenten Resources.

Feeding and Fasting: Reflections for the Lenten Season. From CREDO.

Growing in Christ: Bearing Fruit by Our Life together. A diocesan Lent course for 2013 from the Diocese of Wakefield.

Kaam thiin ciek yic - Moments: The 2013 Wau Diocese Lent Study Course. 'Written by staff of Wau Diocese in the Episcopal Church of Sudan, this is a simple Lent course designed for use by anyone anywhere.'

Lent Appeal 2013. From the Diocese of London.

Lent Madness. 'Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Revd Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born on his blog "Clergy Family Confidential."'

Lenten Calendar 2013. From St Philip's Church, O'Connor, in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

Lenten Reflections on Food. From the Anglican Church of Canada's Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.

Mission Project 2013. In Lent 2013, 'We will work hand-in-hand, in partnership, with The Mama Ada Foundation to transforms lives within the faith communities of Kenya and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. We will help release the Rift Valley Province of Kenya from the bonds of poverty by enabling children's futures with tuition scholarships and alleviating families’ hunger with seeds.'

Montreal Marks of Mission. 'This bible study was initially conceived so that parishes could work and pray together over our biblical text during the season of Lent, developing seeds of growth for themselves and for their parishes.'

Praying Our Lives: Daily videos for Lent 2013. From the Society of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge USA.

'This is our story: Journeys of faith'. Lent course for 2013 from Churches together in Britain and Ireland.

Transforming Lives. Lenten resources for 2013 from the Anglican Board of Mission (Australia).

From earlier years

40 Ideas for Lent
from Ship of Fools: 'Sick of giving up chockies or cookies for Lent? Looking for some new ways to do things differently this year? Check in over the next 40 days and 40 nights for creative ideas to take you from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday'.

Ashes to Easter
A large collection of links from St Luke's Church, Gondola Point, in the Diocese of Fredericton, Canada.

Sacred Space, Daily Prayers
Now available in twenty-one languages, Sacred Space gives the visitor 'Something to think and pray about this week.' The site is seasonal only in that any day/week/season you visit the prayers and thoughts are appropriate to that week and day. 'Produced by the Irish Jesuits.'

Bach and Dürer: Passion Music and ImageryA site where you can simultaneously view a woodcut from Dürer's 'Large Passion' series, along with the text and audio from a congruent area of Bach's St Matthew Passion. 'The images are from the AMICO image library; the originals are held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The audio clips and text (both German and translation) are taken from the Karl Richter recording of J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion. The audio clips are in RealAudio format'.

Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan
Churchyear.net
has produced a worthwhile Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan for download.

Full Homely Divinity
has several pages on Lenten church customs, including Burying the Alleluia, Mothering Sunday, the Dance of the Lenten Veils and pretzels.

'Getting into the Rhythm of Lent'
In a world of hyped events and a bombardment of images, Lent helps us rediscover the rhythm of God, which is as natural as breathing. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, in February 1999, gave this timeless sermon at the beginning of Lent.

Keeping a Holy Lent
This four-page booklet (in pdf and html), from the Revd Frank Logue, 'gives a brief introduction to Lent for folks who are new to liturgical churches'.

Lent for Dummies
A sermon preached by a student at the Episcopal Church at Princeton, Princeton University Chapel, March, 2003.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter Resources
A well-constructed list of resources from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Love Life Live Lent
'provides the inspiration to live Lent in a way that is spiritually enriching and will transform the world. It encourages people to be generous, think of others and make a difference, without giving up chocolate!' An initiative of the Church of England Archbishops' Council.

Palm Crosses
A website with clear directions for palm crosses, with photos.

Project Canterbury offers these resources:

The Several Statutes in force for the observation of Lent: And Fish-dayes, at all other times Of the Year. With full and ready notes in the margent, Shewing the effect in brief. Published by a well-wisher to peace, for the information of all persons subject to the violation of the said Laws. London: Printed by Robert White, and are to be sold by him at his house in Warick Lane in Warick Court. 1661.

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Bath and Wells to his Clergy concerning their Behaviour during Lent. By Thomas Ken, D.D. London, 1688.

Some Thoughts about Lent for Busy People, by E. F. Pemberton.

Some Hints for Lent, by the Right Reverend A.C.A. Hall, Bishop of Vermont, no date.

Mothering Sunday, by G.D. Rosenthal. London: Church Literature Association, no date.

The Lenten Fast, by the Rev. Charles T. Stout. Milwaukee: Morehouse, no date.

The Words from His Throne: A Study of the Cross, by the Rt Revd Charles Lewis Slattery while he was Bishop of Massachusetts.

The Season of Lent
All Lent all the time: readings and collects, Stations of the Cross, Lenten Meditations, with archives of liturgies, devotionals, prayers and on and on.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross (Old St Paul's, Edinburgh, Scotland)
'The Old St Paul's Stations were acquired in 1995 in a poor state of repair. They were restored by the Conservation department of the National Museums of Scotland in March 1996. The stations were installed on 23 March 1996, and used for the first time on Palm Sunday 1996. The stations comprise lime-wood reliefs mounted on an oak base surmounted with the cross, and are to be found on the walls of the nave'.

Stations of the Cross
contains much good background information about each station.

A vegetarian diet for Lent—promoting vegetarianism throughout Christendom
Sponsored by the Christian Vegetarian Association.


Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter at Faith at Home
A number of ways that families can make use of each day of Holy Week.

Daily Office for Good Friday, Holy Saturday, the Great Vigil
The Online Daily Office (US Book of Common Prayer) has that prayer book's liturgies for Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and the Great Vigil of Easter.

Full Homely Divinity has a thorough and interesting collection of information about Easter customs, including 'recovering the Alleluia'.

The Seven Last Words

Blessing and Ban from the Cross of Christ: Meditations on the Seven Words on the Cross. Given in Trinity Church, New York, on Good Friday, A.D. 1894. By Morgan Dix. New York, 1898.

The Temple of His Body: Being Good Friday Addresses on the Seven Words from the Cross, by Edward Allan Larrabee. Milwaukee: The Young Churchman, 1905.

The Calls of the Conqueror: Being Good Friday Addresses on the Seven Words from the Cross, by Edward Allan Larrabee. Milwaukee: The Young Churchman, 1908.

Faith, Works, and Grace: Addresses on the Seven Words from the Cross, by Arthur Chandler, Bishop of Bloemfontein. London: SPCK, 1920.

St John Chrysostom's Easter Sermon

Quem Quaeritis Trope
A drama based upon a 10th-century dramatization of the Introit for use as an Easter entrance rite.


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