For Lent: Free Music, Readings, & Devotionals


chagall-exodus

I’ll be honest, one of the reasons why I love Lent and the Church Calendar is because it is a helpful corrective for my own personal lack of personal discipline. I’m not especially skilled at putting together my own structure, and so I really flourish when structure and pattern is placed on me from the outside.

This is especially true with spiritual practices. To engage with a Church season like Lent, I often need to give myself a blog series to keep me thinking on a theme for the season (see above, under “Lenten Posts“). I really do well with reading plans, prayerbooks, music albums, etc. If you find yourself in the same boat, here are some resources for this year’s Lent that some of you may find helpful.

Liberti Church Lent Resources

My church has some really helpful ways to engage during Lent. The primary way is their annual Prayerbook featuring reflections and daily prayers and readings for the season. We are also doing our annual Easter Outreach, in which we raise money for clean water wells in South Sudan, as well as purchase, pack, and deliver Easter meals to families in the region who cannot purchase their own. Please consider giving or serving in some way.

Prayer & Scripture

There is a helpful daily reading app called Every Day Bible which is great for just reading some Scripture each day. Also be sure to check out MorningPrayer.is for a simple, straightforward, and beautiful way to begin engaging in the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer (especially good for those new to the practice).

If you use the YouVersion Bible app (by the far the most popular one), they have lots of Lent-specific reading plans and free devotionals for this time of year.  And lastly, if you want some more ancient and tried-and-true methods of participating, this Ignatian Spirituality Lent guide is a good resource.

Music

Once again, for the season, I am posting the free Lent Mixtapes I made a few years back, which I find to be especially helpful and moving in this time. Also, there are two albums that are free, beautiful, and especially relevant to the season. The first is Songs for Lent by New York Hymns. The other is (perhaps) my favorite album of all-time (no exaggeration), Cool Hand Luke’s Of Man. And again, it’s all free and perfect for this season.

Reading

Through the Lenten season, I’ll also be reading through a beautiful set of poetry selections and reflections by Malcolm Guite in Word in the Wilderness. Also, the Every Day Bible Reading Plan above also includes (for free) the relevant devotions in the year-long Connect the Testaments devotional.

I hope these ideas and links help you and encourage you in this time to engage in Lenten reflection and meditation deeply and intentionally. Let me know what you do to engage in Lent!

[image credit: Marc Chagall, “Exodus”]


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