Lent is just around the Corner, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 18th. It’s so early this year we have barely finished the Christmas Season. To get you started thinking about the Lenten Season, I’ve compiled a list of links to traditional and not so traditional activities that can be done alone or in groups. I hope you will share your Lenten stories and photos with our community. My family and I have committed to a Lenten Puzzle and a Weekly meatless meal from Operation Rice Bowl and a Pretzel Making Morning filled with friends, scripture stories and lots of baking. Follow the links below to access the sites directly.
Lenten Book Discussion: ‘Lent and Easter, Wisdom from Saint Benedict’ Online (Join us daily from the comfort of your home) Lenten Reflection Series on Judith Sutera’s ‘Lent and Easter: Wisdom from Saint Benedict’: Join from your home to using the internet to disconnect from the noise of the world and connect with other seekers to pray, share and encourage via blog. Reflections and Moderation from Gail Murphy,
Light a Candle for a Special Intention this Lent Light a virtual votive candle for a special intention this Lent. Join a worldwide community of candles. You can email your candle intention to one or more to invite others to join in your prayer intention. You can also create a group that prays for a range of intentions for a particular community.
Family or Group Lenten Puzzle Activity: Set out a puzzle in your home this year for the Season of Lent. Take time to slow down and spend time with family, friends or use as meditation time. Choose the puzzle together. Go to a local store or visit one of the many online sites.. Some possible themes might be: The Good Shepherd, Creation, The Cross, or Prayer.
Here are some examples that are also direct links for information:
- Stained Glass The Good Shepherd
- The Good Shepherd
- Jesus Carrying the Cross
- Christian Religious Word Art Puzzle – Customizable
- Sign of the Cross Crucifixes Puzzle – 100 Piece
- Spring Hope in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains
- Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
- Family Nightly Prayers
Ways to search for a puzzle:
- Large Puzzle Site: Variety of price, 3 pieces and themes: Simple Past Times
- Search Amazon for Puzzles Searching Amazon by a particular Lenten Theme will give you many options.
- Serious Puzzles Jigsaw Site Sort by price, number of pieces and theme
- Customize a Puzzle: Customize a Puzzle beginning with a Cross of Words and Add your Family or Group Photo of Your Choice.
Cultivating Gratefulness for Lent, 5 Minute Video on cultivating gratefulness. Use this video as a jumping off place for creating a space for daily gratefulness, creating a gratefulness journal, or a family gratefulness jar.
Making Pretzels for Lent History and Recipe Links for Making pretzels as a Lenten tradition
Operation Rice Bowl Family Activities Simple Meatless Meal Recipes from Around the World, Lenten Prayers, Downloadables