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It is Lent

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It is Lent. We prepare for Christ’s death and resurrection by turning to God in fasting, in prayer, and in acts of generosity.

Let us set aside things that distract us from what is good and holy in God’s sight.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Let us seek to hear God more clearly and follow God more closely.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Let us turn to one another and all our neighbours, seeing the face of Christ in each person.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Pray for one another, that each may have a holy Lent and ready ourselves to receive our Risen Lord.


Each Sunday in Lent, consider how you will prepare in the week to come. What will you set aside? How will you pray? How will you give? Commit to one of each type of preparation for each week. Perhaps you will do the same things every week or perhaps you will want to try different things. Below are some possibilities. If you want more ideas or help with the ones given here, contact a member of Episkopé by calling the office: 514-843-6577.

What will you set aside? (Fasting)

  • Complaining
  • TV/Netflix (etc.)
  •  Alcohol
  • Coffee/tea/soda
  •  Gossiping
  •  Cheese
  • Dessert
  • Facebook
  • Swearing
  • Meat
  • Driving
  • Sleeping late

How will you pray? (each day for the week)

  • X minutes of silence
  • nightly examen
  • grace at every meal
  • for someone it is hard to like or forgive
  • journaling
  • drawing or colouring
  • reading the Bible
  • while commuting
  • morning/evening prayer
  • for your surroundings while on a walk
  • for peace and justice

How will you give?

  • Donate gently used clothes/toys
  • Give change to anyone who asks for it
  • Make a gift for someone
  • Give thank you cards to teachers/co-workers/etc
  • Give money to a justice organization
  • Give money to a direct service organization
  • Write Amnesty International letters
  • Do someone else’s chore (without trading yours!)
  • Prepare a meal for someone

 


Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

Comments(3)

  1. Reply
    Cédric Bardoux says

    What is wonderful with Lent is that it start with ashes. Ashes are just carbon but diamond are also carbon.
    Through the Lent season I always figures how God is transforming the ashes in our forehead into diamond in our soul.
    Penance, prayer, fasting are pretty easy comparing the diamond He is giving to us.

  2. Reply
    Connie Middleton-Hope says

    I am amazed at how much the Cathedral is doing but I am especially impressed with Rhonda’s many suggestions for Lent. I will follow along as best I can. God is not finished with me yet

  3. Reply
    Connie Middleton-Hope says

    I am amazed and how much the Cathedral is doing but I am also impressed with Rhonda’s suggestions for Lent. I will try some of them if I can. God is not finished with me yet

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