Lent 2014 // Ash Wednesday

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness and resorted to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.

This is the from our Ash Wednesday liturgy. I love the invitation to observe a holy Lent. I hope you will accept that invitation.

Over at www.LentWebGuide.com there will be more regular posts for the Lenten season. These posts are a companion to the Lent book I wrote but can really be read and enjoyed by anyway. So take advantage.

And if you are looking for a free resource for Lenten devotional reading check out...

Youversion (an app for your phone or table, also a website) has N.T. Wright's Lent For Everyone available for free! There is also a short eBook by Alexander Schmemann for free over on Amazon :: Great Lent: A School of Repentance Its Meaning for Orthodox Christians

Grace and peace as you observe a holy Lent!