The reflections contained in this booklet are meant to help guide you through the season of Lent so that it can be for you, as our prayer book calls it, a Holy Lent. Click or tap the thumbnail below to open the booklet, which also may be downloaded in PDF format. The booklet is easily navigated using the interactive table of contents.

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This booklet contains the reflections of parishioners of Grace Church on scripture passages assigned in Year One of the Daily Office from Monday through Saturday, passages from the Revised Common Lectionary in Holy Week, and three psalms from the Lenten lectionary. You are invited to make these readings and attendant reflections part of your Lenten discipline.

The forty days of Lent have their origin in the preparation of the catechumens (“those being instructed”) for Baptism in the early church. Women and men touched by God’s grace found themselves deeply involved in, and committed to, a new way of life leading towards the waters of Baptism and from there to be nourished for life at the Lord’s Supper. For those of us who have already been to the fountain of Baptism, these forty days can provide a kind of annual retreat, a recollection of the meaning of our lives in the light of Christ.

The past year has been one of particular physical and spiritual challenge. May this booklet, in company with other Lenten resources you find in prayer, scripture, conversation, and the variety of disciplines, guide you through a holy Lent and into a joyful Easter.