In the season of Lent, we enter into the forty-day fast that Jesus undertook in the wilderness. Through this dedicated period of self-examination, we allow God to further shape us into the image of Jesus. We also align our hearts with the suffering of Jesus as we move ever closer toward Holy Week and the event of the crucifixion.

The season begins with Ash Wednesday, in which we receive the imposition of ashes and are reminded we are but dust and to dust we shall return. During this season, we observe chosen forms of fasting, prayer, and service or charity for forty days but break the fast on Sundays, which are considered feast days of celebration throughout the church year.

Jenn Giles Kemper 

Below, you'll find an ever-growing collection of resources to help you deepen your experience of the season. Many of them were created by members of the Sacred Ordinary Days tribe, and the list has been—and will continue to be—curated by the tribe. Share your own recommendations for additional resources in the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook group to have them added here.


Stages on the Way: Worship Resources for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter by John L. Bell and Wild Goose Worship Group

40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger, A Different Kind of Fast by Alicia Britt Chole 

40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, PhD

The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent by Pamela C. Hawkins 

Lent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections by Diane M. Houdek

Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days by Trevor Hudson

Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit by Paula Huston

Sacred Space for Lent 2017  by the Irish Jesuits

Rediscover Lent by Matthew Kelly

Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen

40 Things to Give Up for Lent and Beyond: A 40-Day Devotional Study for Lent by Phil Ressler

Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons by Jan Richardson

Wondrous Encounters: Scriptures for Lent by Richard Rohr

Eastertide: Prayers for Lent through Easter from the Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle

All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter by Various

Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by Various


Lent at Ephesus
by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles 

"Dust We Are and Shall Return" by The Brilliance on Brother

"From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130)" by Indelible Grace, featuring Andrew Osenga and Emily Deloach, on Joy Beyond the Sorrow: Indelible Grace VI 

Vapor by The Liturgists

No. 3: Lord, Have Mercy by A New Liturgy

Lent: Music in Solitude by Eric Nordhoff and the Transforming Center


S1 | E6 : Ash Wednesday + Fasting + Discernment with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

S1 | E7 : Lent + Prayer with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

S1 | E8 : Lent + Almsgiving with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

S1 | E9 : Holy Week + Easter + Prayer with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

The Women of Sacred Ordinary Days Discuss Lent with Lisa Colón DeLay, Jenn Giles Kemper, and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Spark My Muse podcast


Vapor Meditation by The Liturgists 

Vapor (Official Video) by The Liturgists

Lenten Video Series by The Religion Teacher

The Right Reasons to Give Something Up for Lent by Phil Ressler

Lent: A Season of Returning by Ruth Haley Barton and the Transforming Center

Why Lent Matters to Me (+ a Few Resources) by Sarah Bessey

Ash Wednesday at Home: Fire and Ashes by Jerusalem Greer at Building Faith

Keeping Lent: A Guide to What We Do for Kids by Frankie and Kendra at Catholic All Year

40 Things to Give Up for Lent: The List by Phil Ressler at Greater Things Today 

Lent and Visual Faith by Phil Ressler at Greater Things Today

Lent Coloring Calendar by Patricia Maier at Greater Things Today

A Family Lent: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, and Holy Week by Jerusalem Jackson Greer

The Last Days of Jesus {Lent Scriptures} by Candace Crabtree at His Mercy Is New

Jesus Tree: Walk With Jesus Through Lent by JesseTreeTreasures

Season: Lent | Holy Day: Ash Wednesday by Abby Perry at Joy Woven Deep

#pictureLent by Life Enrichment Center

Forty Ways to Care for Your Soul This Lent by Rev. Mary Luck Stanley at Living Our Faith: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Lent Is an Invitation by New Life Downtown

A Year of Mercy, A Lent of Healing: Lent Retreat 2016 by Pray as You Go

Lenten Calendar Templates 2016 by Sybil MacBeth at Praying in Color

2016 Lenten Photo-A-Day Practice at Rethink Church

Editing: A Lenten Practice by Leah Slawson

40 Acts: Do Lent Generously by Stewardship

The Lent Experience by Vineyard Cincinnati


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