It’s almost Lent. In the language of Godly Play (the Montessori-based program of Christian formation we use with children here at Trinity), Lent is “the time we prepare to enter the mystery of Easter.”
Observing Lent is an ancient practice of the Church; the earliest mention of it comes from the Council of Nicea in 325 CE. The Greek word for Lent means forty—the number of days Jesus spent in the wilderness following his baptism. Before he began his public ministry, Jesus spent forty days preparing in heart, mind, and spirit for the work God had given him to do, to become the person God was calling him to be.
And that’s what Lent asks of us each year: what can we do to become who God is calling us to be? What is the work we were made for? We discover this by drawing closer to God in the traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and giving. Today’s resources will help you explore this season and its practices.
Readers of different ages told a Godly Play Large (intergenerational, congregation-style) story of the season of Lent with objects that illustrate what we mean when we talk about fasting, prayer, and giving.
Everyone was invited to choose among materials to take home to practice a holy Lent both at home and in the world.
- Common Prayer for Children and Families — A new essential for family libraries and prayer practices. We gave away copies during Whole Community Learning and will continue to offer them on Sundays as supplies last.
- Prayers for Faithful Families by Traci Smith — Another staple for faithful families with young children, for the bedside or dinner table, desk, or book bag.
- The Season of Lent primer by Wendy Barrie — This was scripted and read in Whole Community Learning.
- Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing by Gayle Boss — “These stories also wake in us a wild hope that from all this death and ruin, something new could rise. The promise of Lent is that something new will rise.”
- Lenten devotions from Episcopal Relief & Development — We gave away copies during Whole Community Learning and will continue to offer them on Sundays as supplies last.
- Lenten practice cards — Focus your Lenten intentions each day or per week. We assembled our own decks during Whole Community Learning, and we will continue to offer them on Sundays as supplies last. Feel free to print and cut your own at home.
- Brother, Give us a Word — Subscribe to a daily email from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist.
- A Lenten playlist compiled by Kyle Oliver
Prepare for Lent with the Trinity community at Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 25, and on Ash Wednesday, February 26. There will be three Ash Wednesday services at Trinity Church at 8am, 12:05pm, and 6pm. Ashes will be imposed 7am–5:30pm at Trinity Church (between services) and St. Paul’s Chapel.