Lenten Resources for Sunday School Lessons and Programs

Icon of Christ the Teacher with Candles in a Cave

Let us take a moment to recall what Lent is - a time of repentance that starts with ashes placed on our foreheads as a symbol of repentance, sorrow, and humility. Lent leads us to, and prepares us for, the most important day in the Church year, Easter Sunday. (Not all traditions observe Lent. The Rev. Ken Collins provides a fascinating lesson in the post-reformation history of the church with his answer to the question, "Why doesn't my church observe Lent?")

During Lent we are reminded of our baptismal promises and are challenged to renew our faith. We are reminded of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, suffering. During Lent US Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays, and fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. While retired Episcopal priest the Rev. Denny Allman, as quoted in the Vicksburg Post, describes it this way, “Lent, to me, has always been a time not of breast beating and sackcloth but of introspection: who am I and how do I improve on who I am? It’s a time to think about what we can do to improve our lives in the service of our Lord. If giving up something helps you to do that, then you should give up something.”

Lent lasts just 40 days, yet there's so much to talk about! We are preparing a series providing helpful resources, ideas and inspiration for your Lenten programming. to be notified immediately when each new page is posted.

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