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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.


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Still Walking...In Faith

Still Walking...In Faith

Elizabeth Nordquist

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?"

Your Easter I.D.—Part Two: Crucified with Christ

Your Easter I.D.—Part Two: Crucified with Christ

Robert C. Crosby

The life of Jesus brings meaning to our own, as we learn to view our lives in the light of his.

The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross

Mark D. Roberts

A devotional guide to Lent and Holy Week.

Why I Love Ash Wednesday and Lent

Why I Love Ash Wednesday and Lent

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Lent helps me lay aside my sin management program and allow God to be God for me.

Lent Meditations for Baptists

Lent Meditations for Baptists

Roger Olson

Why I won't be observing Lent.

Learn the Divine Office During Lent

Learn the Divine Office During Lent

Elizabeth Scalia

The best way to cast out into the depths of this season is to learn to pray.

Lent and the Search for God

Lent and the Search for God

David Lose

The third week of Lent begins a 3-week journey through John's gospel.

Lent FAQ

Lent FAQ

Kathleen A. Mulhern

From Mardi Gras to Holy Week, everything you need to know about the season of Lent.

The 40-Day Journey

The 40-Day Journey

Daily meditations on Lent from a variety of voices from the contemporary Christian landscape.

One way to pray through Lent

One way to pray through Lent

Susan Baller-Shepard

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.

Earth Care as Lenten Practice

Earth Care as Lenten Practice

Rebecca Barnes-Davies

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.

Becoming Like a Flute: Meditations on Lent

Becoming Like a Flute: Meditations on Lent

Shane Claiborne

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.

The Beauty of Lent and Sin

The Beauty of Lent and Sin

Katrina Fernandez

If we can't admit we sin, we will never know the beautiful thrust of forgiveness that lands us within God's embrace.

The Subversiveness of Gentleness

The Subversiveness of Gentleness

David Henson

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings.

Great Lent: Walking With Fools for Christ

Great Lent: Walking With Fools for Christ

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."

Clean Out Your Closet! Reflections on Matthew 6: 1-6; 16-21

Clean Out Your Closet! Reflections on Matthew 6: 1-6; 16-21

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.

John the Baptist, Jesus, Satan, and You

John the Baptist, Jesus, Satan, and You

Alyce M. McKenzie

What impact will these relationships have on you in the weeks ahead during your Lenten journey?

Lent: Maybe It's About Adding, Not Subtracting

Lent: Maybe It's About Adding, Not Subtracting

Brian McLaren

Adding something good to your life during Lent—say, reading the gospels—may mean giving up stuff that you need to give up anyway.

Wilderness upon the Pillows

Wilderness upon the Pillows

Marcia Morrissey

Walking through the transforming wilderness of Lent does not require leaving home—or even moving at all.

Yes, We Can: the Hospitality of Lent

Yes, We Can: the Hospitality of Lent

Elizabeth Scalia

It occurs to me that I've spent my whole life looking incorrectly at the sacrifices and disciplines of Lent.

Sit in Your Cell: Desert Reflections for Lent

Sit in Your Cell: Desert Reflections for Lent

Christine Valters Paintner

How fasting from distraction this Lent can make you conscious of the ways you avoid yourself.

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