Saturday, February 26, 2022

Small Things - The Lenten Edition

“Can I invite Jesus into all of that? And if I do, what will happen?” 

- MALCOLM GUITE, The Word in the Wilderness

As a bit of an extended take on my regular series of posts, Small Things, I present the "small things" I've discovered for use in the observance of the season of Lent. I pray you will find a few of them useful. 

1. New to Lent? Need help understanding what it's all about, this post should answer your questions. I also highly recommend this website, Fish Eaters. I have some Catholic friends who don't care for it, but I found it a valuable resource when I first began my liturgical journey.

2. Last night I had the privilege to spend a part of my evening with the incomparable, Malcolm Guite. If you are not familiar with Malcolm or his works, I would encourage you to spend some time reading his blog and/or watching his YouTube channel. As part of my Lenten journey this year, I will be reading his book, Word in the Wilderness: A Poem A Day for Lent and Easter. Malcolm has generously shared these poems as well as audio files of him reading them on his website.

There are also links for Holy Week

And this post

And finally, while the event from last night is now over (I was hoping they would post a replay link and if they do I'll include it!), you can download the poems he read for free, as well as poems from his book, Sounding the Seasons. Both can be found at this link.

3. Ashes to Ashes: A Lenten Journey from The Trinity Movement
I signed up for this course earlier this week, it's $9.00 and also includes access to several other courses, as well. Since yoga/exercise is something I'm committing to during Lent (which after 40 days will hopefully become habit), I thought this was a good place to start. If you're interested in yoga, The Trinity Movement presents it from a Christian perspesctive. I know some people take issue with yoga, but this is one of those things that I think Satan can mean for evil, but with God as the focus, can be good.

Right now when you visit their website, you can sign up for their Guided Lent Series, delivered daily through email. There should be a pop-up in the upper right corner where you can sign up. While you're there, be sure to check out their page on Lent with links to even more resources

5. Bringing Your Children Along on the Journey
If you have littles in your life this booklist is invaluable.

6. Stations of the Cross
For several years I observed the Eucharist and the Stations of the Cross every Friday as a gateway into Shabbat (Sabbath), which I observe on Friday-Saturday. I've fallen out of that practice since moving in with my daughter, so I'm dedicated to reinstating that practice during Lent and going forward. If you're interested in learning more, here are some resources I've found helpful.

Stations of the Cross Resources from JoyFilled Family, an exhaustive list of links, no need to recreate.
- Stations of the Cross - University of Saint May of the Lake - one of my favorite online resources.
- Stations of the Cross Resources from JoyFilled Family, an exhaustive list of links, no need to recreate.

7. Online Services
Lent and Easter services from the comfort of your own home.

Washington National Cathedral

Ash Wednesday

Holy Week

Palm Sunday - April 10

Maundy Thursday - April 14

Good Friday - April 15

Saturday, April 16

Easter Sunday, April 17
- Easter Day Festival Holy Eucharist - 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Duke University Chapel
Following are links to their upcoming live services which air on YouTube.

Holy Week


There are a number of churches and cathedrals that post online services and links to their upcoming services on YouTube. You can subscribe individually to these channels and receive reminders. Here are a few of my favorites. 

In the US
Saint Patricks Cathedral - NYC - this is their YouTube channel. It doesn't appear that they post too far ahead, but you can find their schedule for Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter, here and be taken to the live streams.

I also enjoy The Cathedral of St. Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota but they do not appear to post upcoming videos. You can also check out their website.  

St. Mary of the Angels in Chicago, is beautiful, as well, here is a link to their website.

From the UK
- St. Paul's Cathedral  - this is the link to their YouTube channel where they do have sermons posted, but I don't see upcoming services. However, you can check out their website for more information.

Whew! This is a lot and to be honest, I don't even feel like I've scratched the surface! For some time now I've considered writing longer, more detailed posts with links to resources for the more widely observed feast days of the Liturgical Year. But then the thought of constantly having to check for broken links is a bit overwhelming, so I digress. For now I suppose I'll just continue to re-invent the wheel. :)

ALSO! While I have you here, I wanted to share some news that might disappoint, for now, but I've decided to no longer update my Seasonal Day Keepers. However, my reason for that is that I want to rework and expand them a bit and my hope is to have the first one available this coming winter. Until then, if you've downloaded the current versions in the past the only page that won't be updated is the monthly days of celebration, so you could easily just print them out again and eliminate that page. I'll be sharing more about this in the coming months, and I'll also be asking for your input to give me a better idea of how I want to move forward. 

And now my friends, I hope you have a blessed rest of your weekend! I'll be back next week and look forward to meeting with you then!

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