Lent is on the rise—in a time of increased personal consumption and busyness, Christians are turning to this ancient spiritual season and embracing rites of self-denial, prayer and repentance. Traditional Christians have long observed the six weeks before Easter as a time set apart for reflection, fasting, and seeking forgiveness, but in recent years, Lent has become a highlight of the Christian calendar for believers of all kinds. This year, Patheos offers a variety of rich resources to inform and support your Lenten devotion.
There comes a time in every Christian's life when the Sunday School answer, "Jesus died for my sins," falls short. We want to know how it works.
If Jesus' Crucifixion Is the Solution, What's the Problem?
I keep walking, but in this fifth week of Lent, I struggle with the attempt. I feel like a four year old wanting to yell out, "Are we there yet?"
Robert C. Crosby
The life of Jesus brings meaning to our own, as we learn to view our lives in the light of his.
Mark D. Roberts
A devotional guide to Lent and Holy Week.
Lent helps me lay aside my sin management program and allow God to be God for me.
Why I won't be observing Lent.
The best way to cast out into the depths of this season is to learn to pray.
The third week of Lent begins a 3-week journey through John's gospel.
Kathleen A. Mulhern
From Mardi Gras to Holy Week, everything you need to know about the season of Lent.
Daily meditations on Lent from a variety of voices from the contemporary Christian landscape.
As we pray our way through Lent, the National Council of Churches has a tool for us on our journey; it's a daily prayer devotional called Words Matter.
If we're fashioned from the earth—ashes to ashes, dust to dust—then we need to be faithful to our relationship with the earth.
Whether it is giving up an old bad habit or taking on a new holy habit, may we use this Lenten season to do something that empties us of ourselves so that our lives make better music.
If we can't admit we sin, we will never know the beautiful thrust of forgiveness that lands us within God's embrace.
Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings.
Paul Peter Jesep
The Eastern Orthodox Church does not celebrate Ash Wednesday. Preparation for Pascha (Easter) formally begins on "Clean" Monday, February 27th. It marks the start of Great Lent or the Great Fast in the Orthodox calendar. This year several Eastern Orthodox saints are walking with me, known prior to their canonization as "Fools for Christ."
Alyce M. McKenzie
When we realize our need for God and commit to grow in faith during this Lenten season, we can be assured that God will pull up a chair and keep us company while we clean out our closets.
Alyce M. McKenzie
What impact will these relationships have on you in the weeks ahead during your Lenten journey?
Adding something good to your life during Lent—say, reading the gospels—may mean giving up stuff that you need to give up anyway.
Walking through the transforming wilderness of Lent does not require leaving home—or even moving at all.
It occurs to me that I've spent my whole life looking incorrectly at the sacrifices and disciplines of Lent.
Christine Valters Paintner
How fasting from distraction this Lent can make you conscious of the ways you avoid yourself.