Lenten Resources 2015
A Four-session Lenten Class created and led by the Rev. Laurel Dahill that you can download and use in your congregation or at home on your own. If you click on the links below for each session, you will find video presentations, outlines, handouts and discussion questions.
This class is not just for Lent. It serves as a perfect lead-in to the May 2 Ministry Fair: “RE-Imagining the Household of God.” Our keynote speaker that day will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Missioner for New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives for the Episcopal Church.
Perhaps the greatest strength of The Episcopal Church is its liturgy. When asked what makes a person decide to join our church, they often state it’s the the way we worship. What we do in worship demonstrates how we understand our relationship with God. The term lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi is often used to describe this. It roughly translates from the Latin as the way we worship, the way we believe, the way we live. How we take that worship, foster our belief, and then make our way out into the world to engage with the community surrounding us is a natural progression. We set ourselves up to transform the world simply by walking the path we’re already on. We can use our own liturgy as a guide for how we bring the Gospel to life in the everyday world. The course you’re about to experience will take the worship we know, energize it with the way we believe, and bring it to the fullness of life in our neighborhoods and communities. If our worship is not able to connect the Gospel real life, then it’s just an academic exercise. True religion happens where the rubber meets the road.
Books and Articles used in this course:
- Book of Common Prayer
- Brueggemann, Walter. Prayers for a Privileged People. Abingdon Press, 2008.
- DeSilva, David A., Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer. InterVarsity Press, 2008.
So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. In a series of short, daily videos over five weeks, the Brothers of SSJE invite us to recapture time as a gift.
Join the Brothers as they wrestle with questions of time and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.This series starts on 5am local time Ash Wednesday: February 18, 2015 and is designed so that everyone in your community can participate. Everyone is busy. Time is at a premium. It is hard for all to come together to deepen our faith.
Each theme is introduced with a video of a Brother priming us for the week’s theme. The theme is then explored in depth in six short reflection videos (around 2 minutes each). A compilation video is also available each Sunday.
Each reflection video ends with a thought-provoking question for you to ponder over the course of the day, then answer on the worksheet.
Get the accompanying workbook:
Available in English and Spanish, this year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.
The devotionals are available in English and Spanish from Episcopal Media Center (EMC). Additional Lenten resources are also available (see below). All materials are free; a minimal fee will be charged for shipping and handling. Large orders or overnight and second-day delivery will incur additional shipping costs.
Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born on his blog “Clergy Family Confidential” which has subsequently moved locations and become the more stream-lined “Clergy Confidential.”
The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and
people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move ino the area of saintly kitsch.
Forward Day By Day
Forward Day By Day is a daily devotional and prayer resource that is available from the Resource Rack located just to the left of the elevator in the Gallery. There are regular pocket sized, and large print editions. You can also purchase the Forward Day By Day app – available for Android and iPhone/iPad. It is also available on the web – click here.
Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the official prayer book of the Church of England and the churches in the Anglican Communion (the world-wide affiliation of Anglican Churches) It was first published in 1549 after the break with the Roman Catholic Church in England. Its purpose was to provide a common prayer book for all churches to use in place of the Latin (Roman Catholic) service rites. The first Prayer Book was compiled by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. He simplified the complex liturgical patterns of the medieval church, translated ancient prayer texts into English, and composed new material incorporating theological currents of the Reformation. Each church in the Anglican Communion has its own version of the BCP. The BCP has gone through several versions in England and in the other churches in the Anglican Communion. For a brief history of the Book of Common Prayer click here
In the current version of the Episcopal BCP one will find prayer services for a variety of occasions, including the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, weddings, burials, and ordinations of clergy. It also includes a schedule of daily bible readings for individuals to use in private prayer; morning, noon, and evening prayer services for use by small groups; the Outline of Faith of the church, and the historical documents of the Episcopal church.
There have been four editions of the Episcopal BCP – the first one was published in 1789 after the American Revolution and the break with the Church of England. The second BCP was issued in 1892, the third in 1928, and the last one in 1979. The revisions of 1892 and 1928 were minor. However, the 1979 edition contained a number of changes to the form and content of the Book of Common Prayer and this caused a great deal of controversy when it was released. A parish in the Episcopal church may use either the 1928 or the 1979 prayer book. At the Cathedral we use the 1979 prayer book.
A wide selection of BCP’s, including both the the 1928 and 1979 BCP as well as BCPs from other countries are available from major book sellers. The BCP is also available in electronic form:
- pdf file – the file includes bookmarks which act as a clickable table of contents to allow you to quickly move around the file
- Latin version
- older versions of the prayer book
- versions of the BCP used in other countries
- e-reader versions are also available for e-readers:
Holy Women, Holy Men
Fully revised and expanded, this new work is the first major revision of the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church in more than 40 years! It is the official revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts and authorized by the 2009 General Convention. All commemorations in Lesser Feasts and Fasts have been retained, and many new ones added. Three scripture readings (instead of current two) are provided for all minor holy days. Additional new material includes a votive mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, many more ecumenical commemorations, plus a proper for space exploration.
A PDF of the 700+ page book can be downloaded free of charge from HERE.
Daily Office Readings
- Scripture readings for Morning and Evening Prayer www.satucket.com/lectionary
- Full text for the Daily Office for morning and evening – through Mission St. Clare: www.missionstclare.com/english/
- Audio version – from The Episcopal Church in Garrett County, Maryland. www.missionstclare.com/english/spoken/spoken.html
- Noonday Prayer – www.missionstclare.com/noon/noonlist.html
- Compline -www.missionstclare.com/compline/comlist.html
- Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families -www.missionstclare.com/english/daily/dailydevotions.html
The Holy Bible
The Episcopal Church uses several Bible translations in its worship – the Canons of the Episcopal Church state:
The Lessons prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer shall be read from the translation of the Holy Scriptures commonly known as the King James or Authorized Version (which is the historic Bible of this Church) together with the Marginal Readings authorized for use by the General Convention of 1901; or from one of the three translations known as Revised Versions, including the English Revision of 1881, the American Revision of 1901, and the Revised Standard Version of 1952; from the Jerusalem Bible of 1966; from the New English Bible with the Apocrypha of 1970; or from The 1976 Good News Bible (Today’s English Version); or from The New American Bible (1970); or from The Revised Standard Version, an Ecumenical Edition, commonly known as the “R.S.V. Common Bible” (1973); or from The New International Version (1978); or from The New Jerusalem Bible (1987); or from the Revised English Bible (1989); or from the New Revised Standard Version (1990); or from translations, authorized by the diocesan bishop, of those approved versions published in any other language; or from other versions of the Bible, including those in languages other than English, which shall be authorized by diocesan bishops for specific use in congregations or ministries within their dioceses.
The Cathedral uses the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) – an online version is available at http://bible.oremus.org/