Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. You can see all the previous Lent daybook 2019 posts here.
Is this your first time to practice Lent? Here's a simple introduction.
Look: Second Line, Steve Prince
Prince, born and raised in New Orleans, draws inspiration for his work from a New Orleans funerary tradition called the “dirge” and the “second line.”
The “dirge” is a lament for the dead, especially one that is performed as part of a funeral rite. It can be a mournful song, piece of music or poem. The “dirge” can also be referred to as the “first line” because it is traditionally the music played during the funeral march from the funeral home to the cemetery.
After the body of the deceased is laid to rest, the “second line” begins, a jaunty, syncopated rhythm that is often used in the blues and jazz music associated with New Orleans. The “second line” is supposed to characterize the celebration of the rising of the spirit after death.
Prince recognizes this constant battle between the “dirge” and the “second line” as key indicators of the redemption he struggles with as a follower of Christ. “The dirge and the second line, we do it every day,” said Prince.
The New Orleans native goes as far as to suggest that his faith and his art are more intertwined than the viewer can see. He said, “No matter how hopeless my work can seem, there’s always hope.”
Search YouTube for examples of Second Line marches.
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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) with the Psalm for the Morning Office.
Pray & Do:
Each week during Lent, we will devote Saturdays to connecting with An American Lent from The Repentance Project. It's God's kindness that leads us to repentance, and in His kindness and provision for reconciliation, He invites us to make confession and ask for forgiveness on behalf of not only ourselves but our forefathers and mothers. We carry a heavy load of guilt and grief in our nation as a result of centuries of grievous sin and unrelenting injustice against African Americans.
Begin with prayer:
Spend time today reading through the reflections for Week 1 (March 6-10): Grieved into Repenting. Pay special attention to Thursday’s reflection on lament from Rev. Dr. Aaron Graham. Consider writing your own psalm of lament using the outline Dr. Graham provides.
Begin with a complaint.
Turn to a request.
End with an expression of trust.
For additional help, I’ve appreciated the wisdom of my friend Dr. W. David O. Taylor on this subject: Writing a Psalm of Lament.
Additional recommendations for your weekend:
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(See all Lent daybook posts from 2018 here.)