Lent Resources

For many of us, Lent is something new and confusing at best, or scary at worst. Here is a list of helpful and beautiful resources meant to aid us on our Lenten journey with Jesus.

 
 
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Watch

One of our sister churches, Immanuel Anglican in Chicago, puts out gorgeous and thought-provoking films every year. Here are two on Lent worth your time:

 
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Listen

Fr. Trevor McMaken is a pastor at another one of our sister churches, City of Light. He recently recorded a podcast on an introduction to Lent, explaining what it is, where it comes from, and how we can meaningfully and practically engage in the season.

 
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Read

Resources:

Download this Lenten Household Worship Guide put together by City of Light. It has tips on how to incorporate rhythms of prayer and fasting into our everyday life. Here is a blog post on fasting from our Bishop, Stewart Ruch.

Books:

The Good of Giving Up is an introduction to Lent for people who have never practiced it before, written by our very own Fr. Aaron Damiani. The Great Lent is a book by the late Orthodox theologian, Alexander Schmemann, and is perfect if you are looking to take a deeper dive.


Lenten Art Series

As a church, one of our values is being engaged in the arts and culture. We value the unique way in which art can communicate truth and beauty. Over the next five weeks, we will present original artwork based on the lectionary Gospel passages for each Sunday, created by artists from Christ Church Madison. Each piece will begin its life as the front cover of our Sunday bulletins.

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Dust Storm

by Daniel Lipford, graphic illustration. Lk. 4: 1-13.

Jesus is led into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. The illustration of a hand with fingers in different positions represents temptation as the potential for sin. Lines represent the desert, the wrinkles of a hand, and also the interference of plans with each other like waves overlapping and changing shape.

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People Will Come

by Gwen Belcher, colored pencil on paper. Lk 13:22-35.

In our Gospel reading it says "people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God." Contemplating the invitation to the table and the sobering thought that not everyone will "enter through the narrow door" or be willing to be gathered as a hen gathers her brood, I imagined people coming from all directions with varying postures toward the Table of the Lord. Some figures appear poised to walk right past one another unaware of the reality of their surroundings, while others embrace the table.