Look: Iesu transfigurato (Mark 9:4f), 1964, Salvador Dali
Listen: “Phos Hilaron” from Gladdening Light, Imago Dei Music feat. Hannah Glavor
“Phos Hilaron (Ancient Greek: Φῶς Ἱλαρόν, translit. Fόs Ilarόn) is an ancient Christian hymn originally written in Koine Greek. Often referred to by its Latin title Lumen Hilare, it has been translated into English as O Gladsome Light. It is the earliest known Christian hymn recorded outside of the Bible that is still in use today. The hymn is part of vespers in the Byzantine Rite, and also included in some modern Anglican and Lutheran liturgies.”
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Monday (3/4) - Psalm 25; Deuteronomy 6:10-15; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-18
Tuesday (3/5) - Psalm 26, 28; Deuteronomy 6:16-25; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28
Prepare for Lent
Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday, March 6.
First things first: Lent is mostly about recognizing God’s heart for us and the gaps between what we understand about His heart and what we actually receive. You may or may not need any additional resources beyond meeting regularly with your church for worship.
Our favorite Lent devotionals and online resources: If it’s helpful for your daily practice to have a devotional book or meditative prompts, the rest of this post is loaded with ideas.
If you’re new to Lent, here's a simple introduction.
I’m someone who relishes the “community” of the written word, art, and other resources. I’m also just as likely to avoid God’s heart for me by losing myself in a pile of devotional resources. You might decide that this year you need one Psalm and a good hiking trail or empty journal or small group of trusted friends to consider God’s heart together. You might only need a Scripture verse to meditate through the 40 days (plus 6 blessed Sundays!) of Lent, a special candle and bouquet of flowers to catch your attention each morning.
If you decide you’d like some companions for your Lenten journey, each day of Lent (March 6 - April 20) I’ll once again be publishing a devotional post. The Lent Daybook posts leading up to Holy Week will include a work of art, song, daily Scripture passages, a short prayer, and a simple activity to help you practice the prayerful days of Lent. During Holy Week, I’ll publish the seventh annual series, Retrieve Lament.
If you don’t already receive posts from A Sacramental Life in your email inbox, Lent is a good time to start!
No matter how you choose to practice Lent, know you are deeply held in God’s heart and He is most interested in the space you’ll make for Him to share himself with you.
(See all Epiphany Daybook posts from 2018 here.)