Lent is a season of self examination, prayer, fasting and reflection. It is a 40-day period in which we are invited to examine our lives in order to reorient ourselves toward God and toward a more whole and complete self.
In the early church the Lenten observance was a period of time in which new converts to Christianity were prepared for Baptism, and was a reminder to the whole body of our common call to be reconciled to God and to one another through Baptism.
As you begin your Lenten journey, the Church invites you to the observance of a Holy Lent. Let these next six weeks be an opportunity to engage more fully in the practice of prayer and meditation, to renew a commitment to regular spiritual practice and act as the hands of Christ in the world.
We invite you to engage in this most Holy Season of the year. Churches throughout the Diocese of Missouri will be holding special worship services, formation programs, and activities throughout the season of Lent. (Find a church.)
We also call your attention to a special Lenten Meditation booklet from Bishop Deon Johnson and multiple offerings from The Episcopal Church:
Bishop Deon Johnson provides a booklet full of daily readings, prayers, and personal meditations to guide you through the six weeks of Lent. Download a printable booklet or follow the daily meditations online.
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. Videos, adult forum curriculum, calendar, publicity materials, and quiet day curriculum available in English, Spanish, and French.
- Lenten Curriculum
- Weekly Bulletin Inserts
- UTO Lenten Programs
- Racial Reconciliation Podcasts
- Christian Formation Lesson Plans
- Daily Devotions for Youth
- 40-Day Devotional by Bishop Curry (from Church Publishing)
- Lent Madness
- Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations