Lent Daybook, 4: Mourning and Dancing

Lent Daybook, 4: Mourning and Dancing

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the title link to see the full post.

Look: Second Line, Steve Prince - Source

Listen: “Second Line (Live)” from A New Orleans Street Parade: Live in Paris, The Imperial Brass Funeral Jazz Band - Spotify | YouTube

Read: Psalm 30; Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51

Pray & Do: Read, reflect, and repent with An American Lent (Week 1).

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Lent Daybook, 3: Rabbi (Teacher)

Lent Daybook, 3: Rabbi (Teacher)

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the title link to see the full post.

Look: The Washing of the Feet, Cerezo Barredo - Source

Listen: “Come and Listen” from A Collision, David Crowder Band - Spotify | YouTube | Lyrics

Read: Psalm 32; Deuteronomy 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42

Pray: adapted from Psalm 32:8

Do: Sit in silence for 5 minutes, praying only the Jesus Prayer

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Lent Daybook, 2: Behold, the Lamb of God

 Lent Daybook, 2: Behold, the Lamb of God

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the title link to see the full post.

Look: Ecco Homo, J Kirk Richards - Source

Listen: “Messiah: Part the Second: No. 22 Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God”, Handel Messiah, The Robert Shaw Chorale & Orchestra - Spotify | YouTube | Text

Read: Psalm 37:1-18; Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34

Pray: adapted from John 1:32, 34

Do: Sit in silence for 5 minutes, praying only the Jesus Prayer

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Lent Daybook, 1: Ash Wednesday

Lent Daybook, 1: Ash Wednesday

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the title link to see the full post.

Look: Examen III, Marissa Voytenko - Source

Listen: "Ash Wednesday's Early Morn" from Lent, Liturgical Folk - Spotify | YouTube | Lyrics

Read: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Pray: Collect for Ash Wednesday, Book of Common Prayer

Do: Attend an Ash Wednesday service.

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Epiphany + 8: Transfiguration Sunday

A weekly Epiphany devotional post for these 8 weeks of witness. Join us!

You can read here for a brief description of the liturgical season of Epiphany, and see previous Epiphany daybook 2019 posts here. Blessed Epiphany, friends!


Look: Iesu transfigurato (Mark 9:4f), 1964, Salvador Dali


Listen: “Phos Hilaron” from Gladdening Light, Imago Dei Music feat. Hannah Glavor

Spotify | YouTube | Lyrics

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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When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them.”

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”The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
The King in his might loves justice.
You have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!”

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”Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

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”he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
— Exodus 34:29-31 * Psalm 99:1-5 * 2 Corinthians 3:12-17 * Luke 9:28-36 (ESV)

Sunday Scripture readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year C). Daily Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 1), using the Psalm selections for Morning Prayer.


Pray:

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Do:

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.)