Canada: Lent studies from around the church

January 31, 2013

[Anglican Journal] What are you doing for Lent? As this reflective season approaches, the General Synod web team has culled some of its favorite online Lent resources from church partners. Browse below to see what might work for your personal or parish meditations.

Marks of Mission study: Diocese of Montreal

A five-week study that guides parishes to work and prayer over a biblical text during Lent. All the material is available online-including downloadable PDFs with background material and instructions for each week. The authors (Jennifer Bourque, Karen Chalk, and Nicholas Pang) say that any community is free to use the study, but they would love to see your feedback posted on the site. Consider using this study for other seasons-it is highly adaptable.

Reflections from the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

Written by the Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz, Diocese of Brandon, these daily reflections (available as a PDF) support those who choose to fast in some way. The Monday to Saturday reflections focus on issues of local food security and each Sunday connects with the weekly Gospel theme and a PWRDF good news story.

Canadian Council of Churches: The Bruised Reed

“The Bruised Reed” is a Christian reflection on suffering and hope, produced by the Commission on Faith and Witness, Canadian Council of Churches. The booklet includes eight real Canadian stories of suffering and hope with hymns, prayers and poems presented throughout. The Bruised Reed also can be ordered as a print resource in English or French. A donation of  $10 is suggested. For more information, email

Church of England: Love Life Live Lent

It may be a little late to order this popular booklet, which offers 40 simple daily actions that “help us transform our world-locally, nationally, and globally.” However, the site offers many downloadable resources. You can also follow the ongoing Twitter conversation with the hashtag #livelent.

Coming soon: General Synod’s video series

General Synod will feature video meditations written and produced by the Rev. Scott McLeod, online ministries in the Diocese of British Columbia. These 14 reflections will be released beginning on Ash Wednesday and follow the Stations of the Cross.

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