Resources for Lent – The Latest for 2017


With Lent fast approaching I realize that it is time to update my resource lists. This is one of several posts on resources for the season that you might find helpful.


My Favourite Resources Old and New

Here is a sampling of ideas from around the world some new, some from  previous years, that I find myself revisiting each year.

You might want to start by checking out this Checklist for Lent  from Family at the Foot of the Cross.

Or check out the resources I have listed on Pinterest for Lent Easter and Pentecost.

In 2013 Rachel Held Evans published a great list of 40 ideas for Lent has an excellent outline for a Christian Seder celebration

Some great resources from Lent Event in Australia

A Lenten meditation with a Celtic flavour from the United MethodistTV

Growing a Rule of Life – a very interesting looking course that encourages us to develop a rule of life as a Lenten discipline. It uses garden metaphors and some fun exercises.

I love this series of litanies by Fran Pratt that Paul Neeley has listed on his blog Global Christian Worship.

Twenty Reflective Movies for Lent

Bread for the World always produces wonderful Lenten resources, as well as very helpful information on poverty that challenge us to face the issues of hunger.

Episcopal Relief and Development devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities,with a particular focus on empowering women. They are available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free.

From the Australian Board of Mission for 2017 Into the Desert 

Another great list of resources that is so rich you can get lost in from

From Dust to Triumph: Reflections for a Holy Lent  – an inspiring collection of Lenten reflections that you can read online.

Presbyterian Mission Agency has a great list of resources for Lent. Their 2015 devotional Draw Near, is written by regular Godspace contributor Lynne Baab with illustrations by her husband Dave Baab.

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have some good study courses available for Lent: Parables and Possessions  a six-session study resource based on 2012 the Church of Scotland  report of  A right relationship with money.; Walking and Praying with Christians of the Middle East. and  the 2016 addition PilgrimageIn 2017 they have added Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with other Faiths. 

From Simple Living Works: Lets Get Ready for a Simpler Lent and Easter

Revealing Light is a Lenten Devotional designed by  New Vision Renewable Energy, the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN)  and a number of companies, congregations and faith-based organizations to promote creation care and help end energy poverty by providing clean and safe light to the 1.2 billion people living without access to electricity in the world. I have not seen this yet but I love the idea.

Eco palms: The University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is working together with the Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to Christian congregations in the United States and Europe.

Renovare, one of my favourite spiritual formation sites has some excellent Lenten devotionals

Ave Maria Press has a broad array of Lenten resources available.

A great message to consider from Pope Francis at Pray As You Go

The Ignatian Workout for Lent online retreat is well worth participating in.

Biola University in 2015 started a great resource – The Lent Project with daily reflections

I love this downloadable  Lenten Retreat into Creative Practice If you are familiar with Julian Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, you will recognize strong parallels with her course in creative recovery.

“40 Lent: What do you give up when the world gives out?” From the Jesuits at Loyola Press. It’s a social media series focusing on the way a group of adults copes with the aftermath of a disaster.

Lent Madness. This looks like fun: 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.

Lent and Beyond – an Anglican prayer blog has some of the best reflections and devotionals around.  I particularly enjoyed the Ash Wednesday index and Lent and Ash Wednesday Activities for Families

Jonny Baker in the UK always has great resources available for worship.  Here is his Lenten link

The Lenten resources at  as usual form one of the most comprehensive resource lists available.

From Australia: Per Crucem Ad Lucem.

In New Zealand Bosco Peters always has good resources listed

And from South Africa John Van deLaar at Sacredise is worth checking out

Work of the People has produced some great Lenten studies, reflections & video resources this year too.

Ann Voskamp also has a great idea for a family repentance box which she posted a couple of years ago.

The Oil Lamp  has shared several helpful links to sites that suggest ways to incorporate a carbon fast into your Lenten practices. I particularly enjoyed this link recommended by Archbishop Thabo Magkoba, convenor of the Anglican Environmental Network in South Africa: A Carbon Fast for Lent. They also have some good basic suggestions for a carbon fast here.

Earth Ministry’s LeAnne Beres wrote this helpful article about taking a Carbon fast a couple of years ago which includes links to other great resources.

The ELCA has a great World Hunger Lenten Series available – lots of good information and suggestions. They go for a $3/day diet – probably more doable today then the $2/day we have always attempted.

Please check out our complete list of Godspace resources for Lent through Holy Week

Obviously this is not a comprehensive list so if you know of other resources that you think should be added please leave a comment here.