Preparing for Lent

For the past few weeks the cyberworld has been full of excellent suggestions and resources for Lent. May I suggest one more, which has the advantage of being over fifteen hundred years old and has stood the test of time? I refer, of course, to the Benedictine practice of the Lent Book — a book of the bible chosen for one by another and read straight through in its entirety? You’ll find some previous posts on the subject if you do a quick search in the sidebar of this blog, and I recommend your reading RB 48. 15–20 and RB 49 for a fresh perspective on Lent in general.

To read scripture slowly and prayerfully requires discipline and application, especially when the choice is not one’s own. It is, in fact, a valuable form of ascesis. In previous years I have invited people to email me using the webform on this site or on our monastery site for a Lent book, without restriction of numbers. This year I am having to put a limit on the numbers and say I will respond to the first fifty requests only; but if you would like to share this ancient monastic practice, do please get in touch, using the webform. Some people have found it very helpful.

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17 thoughts on “Preparing for Lent”

  1. I would love a Lent book … living alone, I choose for myself all the time, so to have a book chosen for me would make Lent a new and different experience. Thank you.

  2. PLEASE would you use the contact form on this website or on our main website, as requested in the blog post, if you’d like a Lent book, rather than the comments section? I can’t email you otherwise!

  3. Thank you. I live in Ohio USA do not have a website. I share your prayers with 200 prayer warriors daily. We pray for you too I would love a lent book.

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