Category Archives: Lent

Lenten Quote, Day 29

“How can we complain when He Himself was considered ‘as one struck by God and afflicted’.” (Isa. 53:4) ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Advertisements

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Lenten Quote, Day 28

If we realize this, then we may understand what Easter is and why it needs and presupposes Lent. For we may then understand that the liturgical traditions of the Church, all its cycles and services, exist, first of all, in … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 27

Here is a litany of humility by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930) O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus. From … Continue reading

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Lenten Pastoral Meditation

Out of the most unlikely people in biblical history we discover the richest theology. The first century did not view the testimony of women as reliable. This is one reason the resurrection story is so fascinating, since the women were … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 26

Our Lenten quote this morning is a beautiful prayer by the Anglican theologian and scholar E.B. Pusey: God, give us grace, this coming Lent, so to lay to heart our ways, that we may weary of all which is not … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 25

The denial is not an end in itself. The further from self, the nearer to God, and in God’s one true self found. –Junius M. Horner

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Lenten Quote, Day 24

God is the greatest of all who do good by stealth and do not crave for every benefit to be acknowledged. Or we may see how our pain becomes a blessing to others. And we turn the spirit of heaviness … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 23

…when Pilate sends an innocent man to his cross, he unwittingly helps to found another kingdom, an eternal kingdom, a kingdom that is not from this world. –Peter Leithart

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Lenten Quote, Day 22

Christ rose in the body, and his resurrected body was marked by the wounds of the crucifixion. He bears in his resurrected, glorified body all the marks of the victory he had won in the body. He did not win … Continue reading

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Lent: Bringing the Gospel into focus

Here is the second of three interviews on Lent with Rev. Rich Lusk and Elder Doug Roorda. These interviews are from 2010.

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Lenten Quote, Day 21

Lent is a a time to face the fact of sin, not merely sin in general, nor the sins of others, but ones’ own sins in particular; and to deal with them in a definite way; to find them out, … Continue reading

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Pastoral Meditation

There is a sort of blindness that is all encompassing. It is vast and comprehensive. The Bible is full of such blindness. The Pharisees in John 9 embraced that form of darkness. Their vision lacked focus. Instead of seeing the … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 20

We don’t mark Advent and Christmas and Epiphany, Lent and Good Friday and Easter and Pentecost out of nostalgia. We mark these days in protest against the rationalisms and simplifications of modern time. We mark these seasons to declare the … Continue reading

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Sin as the Poisonous Snake; or, Jesus as our Substitute

Precisely out of his fathomless love the creator God sent his own Son not simply to share in the mess and muddle of our human existence, but to take upon himself the task of being the place where God would … Continue reading

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Lenten Prayer

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 19

Stretching out Thy divine hands upon the Cross, Thou hast joined together that which before was divided, and by Thy mediation Thou hast offered as a gift to the Father the nature of mortal man, that was under condemnation. Therefore … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 18

In the long and difficult effort of spiritual recovery, the Church does not separate the body from the soul. The whole man has fallen away from God; the whole man is to be restored, the whole man is to return. … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 17

We must insist upon the positiveness of the divine life in us. The Christian spirit is a positive and aggressive force in the world. It is not on the defensive. It is not a mere shrinking from evil and abstinence … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Dying in Christ

The Lenten Season causes us to consider that not everything is made right; that relationships are broken; that restoration is difficult. And this is why we live as walking dead. We walk in truth, but we walk knowing that we … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 16

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Lenten Quote, Day 15

Fasting looks like an enemy to life, but the opposite is true. We live abundantly only if we know how to fast—which is to say, only if we are disciplined to wait until the feast is ready. Lent trains us … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 14

Use Lent to systematically “put off” the deeds of the flesh, so that you can enter into Easter by “putting on” the fruits of the Spirit. –Peter Leithart

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Lenten Collect

Almighty God, give us such a vision of your purpose and such an assurance of your love and power, that we may ever hold fast the hope which is in Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive with with you … Continue reading

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A Lenten Hymn

We will be singing this beautiful Lenten hymn this Sunday at Providence. Here is my brief recording of it. Stricken, Smitten, Afflicted Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dying on the tree! ‘Tis the Christ by man rejected; Yes, my … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 13

How does one become humble? The answer, for a Christian, is simple: by contemplating Jesus, humility incarnate, the One in whom God has revealed once and for all His glory as humility and his humility as glory.–Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent

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A Lenten Collect

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 12

Christians are walking dead men. The Christian life is a kind of living death. We are learning to be broken, even as Jesus was broken. We are learning to give ourselves in costly sacrifice, even as Jesus did. We are learning to … Continue reading

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Wilson on Lent without Easter

Doug Wilson again touches on a crucial element of our weekly gathering: In Leviticus 23, the weekly sabbath is listed along with the rest of Israel’s festivals as a feast, as a festival. The weekly sabbath was a day of … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 11

“The spiritual quest is not for interesting “spiritual experiences” but for the expansion of our capacity for mercy, the opening of our hearts wide enough to embrace the world, and not just the fragments of it, here and there, which … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 10

We acknowledge Lent in the same way and for the same reason we have a time of Confession at the beginning of each worship service. There is a time for lament over sins; there is a time for mourning our own depravity. … Continue reading

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