February 15, 2018

New, Free, Online Resources for the Lenten Season: 14 February-29 March 2018

To help each one of us prepare for the Season of Lent (14 February - 29 March 2018), we have collated here a number of new- for- 2018 free online resources for your reading, listening, viewing, praying and reflection  

The 'new' icon indicates the resources most recently added to the list below 

VIDEO SERIES. Also available in Audio and Hard copy

Catholic Health Association USA (CHA) . CHA is offering its annual series of Lenten reflections to enable you to reflect on the meaning of this season by downloading and listening to these weekly offerings. The reflections are available in three formats: video, audio only and hardcopy.

Access the resources here


Pray As You Go in collaboration with Sacred Space is offering an online retreat 'Into the Wilderness'

Introduction is now online. Details here


The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) - Seven Weeks for Water 2018

Since 2008, EWN has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March.

Information is here


Operation Noah: Climate change and the purposes of God . A study course based on ‘Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church’

Operation Noah has published a course which is designed for use as a Lent course – though it is also appropriate for use at any time of the year. It is targeted for use with Church and house groups and the content is based on ‘Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church’.

There are five sessions, each with handouts for participants and notes for group leaders. YDownload pdfs of the five sessions and the notes here


The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE)

SSJE a monastic community of the Episcopal Church, is offering a Lenten series titled Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.

Beginning on 11 February, this six-week Lenten journey offers reflections on John through prayer and reflection. Free downloads of the accompanying prayer journal and additional resources are available here , along with a sign-up for daily video and meditation e-mails.


Lenten Resource: On the Altar of the World

This is the third Lenten Resource jointly prepared by Liverpool Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission and CAFOD Liverpool. All three resources enable participants to study and discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home’

Download the resource here (20pps, PDF)


The Anglican Board of Mission (Australia) has developed a Lenten study to help users explore, theologically reflect, and act upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). MIA-MGA has identified 8 of the SDGs (Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13,16) as most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy.

ABM has also developed an APP 'Into the Desert' with 40 days of bible readings, reflections, sayings and prayer suggestions.

These Lent resources have a particular focus on Australian landscape, history and writing, Aboriginal reconciliation and the long Christian tradition of desert-shaped theology.

Download the free app in the Apple and Android stores:




Ignatian- inspired resources compiled by Loyola Press

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure

Living Lent Daily

Arts & Faith

The Ignatian Workout for Lent (Retreat)


Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the guide offers reflections, questions, prayers, and actions for the season of Lent based on each week’s Gospel reading and the six principles of nonviolence offered by Dr. King in Stride Toward Freedom, his memoir of the 1957 Montgomery bus boycott.

Download the reflection guide and view the video of Dr King here


 Ecospirituality Resources - Terri MacKenzie SHCJ

Three options are available for 2018:

  • Lent 2018: Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource

Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource 2018 – 16 pps (PDF)

  • Lent 2018: Creation Covenant: (Species and Ecosystems)

Creation Covenant 2018 – 14 pps – English version (PDF)
La Alianza de la Creacion – 12 pps – Use Spanish version, 2015

  • Lent 2018: To Breathe Its Praise (Air)

Lent 2018.To Breathe Its Praise (Air) – 16 pps  (PDF) 


Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Lenten Series

A series of seven Lenten meditations in both English and Spanish based on the Seven Last Words of Jesus, uttered during the crucifixion. The reflections will focus on the Seven Last Words as the quintessential embodiment of mercy, connecting them to the history and ministries of the Sisters of Mercy and concluding with an invitation to all to perform acts of mercy inspired by the words of Jesus.

Access the reflections as they are posted here You can also read them in our weekly MercyeNews


Ignatian Solidarity Network: Break Forth: A Daily Lenten Call to Solidarity

Writers from throughout the American national Jesuit network will explore response to injustice through the lens of the daily readings and Ignatian spirituality.

Individuals can subscribe to receive the daily reflections via e-mail . They will also be shared via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Further details/ subscribe here


St Columbans Mission Society

The Grace of Forests - Lenten Resource (Year B)

The resource is for the six Sundays of Lent and is guided by the designated Scriptural readings for each Sunday. Ecological conversion from a local Australian perspective nourishes our preparation to renew our baptism into Christ at Easter.

Download the resource here


Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) has partnered with Hope for their Lent course which is based on the book 40 Stories of Hope, a collection of 40 remarkable testimonies from prisoners, ex-prisoners and prison chaplains who speak powerfully about life-changing encounters with Jesus providing weekly downloads for individual reflection and group discussion,


South Australian Council of Churches Community for Ecumenical Learning.

A Lenten Pilgrimage to the Heart: may we be always ready to give up what we cannot keep in order to gain what we cannot lose
The Ecumenical Lenten Resource for 2018, including Guidelines for Leaders and Participants

Download it here (30pps, PDF)





Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia

Washing the dust from our Souls

Day by Day reflections, weekly reflections on the Psalms and the Gospels, podcasts...

Access the resources here


Religious Working Group on Extractive Industries in Washington, D.C.including Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team has developed Project Sacred Places online calendar.

Access the calendar here


National Justice and Peace Network - UK

Daily Actionsand Reflections based on the Scripture Readings
© Composed by Anne O’Connor 2018

Download the sheet here (2pps, PDF)






The Anglican Communion Environmental Network and the Global Catholic Climate movement have produced an on-line calendar with stories from around the world, regional information to help us reflect and pray together.

All the calendar material is available for download in Spanish (39pps, PDF)

A one page version of the calendar with 40 actions is available for download in English and Spanish (PDF)


CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) England and Wales

Online Lent calendar 2018

Reflect, pray and take global justice actions throughout the season of Lent.

To receive weekly Gospel reflections via email,  sign up to the e-newsletter




Daily Inspiration for the Lenten journey

Download the calendar in PDF here: English (pps1-3) and Spanish (pps 4-6)

Mercy Partners Australia, Lenten Moments

A prayer for each week of Lent can be accessed here

Source: Being Lost ... Being Found, Achdiocese of Brisbane 2016 Lenten Program
Extracts quoted from Prayer for Year of Mercy


Praying Lent: an Online Ministry of Creighton University

Daily prayers, audio conversations, online retreat. Access the resources here

Lent Devotional - Georgetown University

Each morning, an email is sent to subscribers containing the day's reflection and prayer, and links to daily scripture readings. Sign up here

College of the Holy Cross is offering a daily Lenten reflection series, “Return to Me: Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross, 2018.”

Sign up for the daily digital reflection series here or download the series of reflections as a PDF (27 pps)



The Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal, Eco-Congregation Ireland and the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland are inviting people to save an old jam jar or other recyclable container and every time they make a journey that is not by foot or by bike, they can donate to offset the impact of their carbon footprint.

The money raised will go towards three conservation projects around the world that support and help build resilience in communities who are most affected by climate change: Solar ovens in Bolivia, Conservation farming in Ethiopia, Tree Planting & Water Harvesting in Kenya

More information here



Lent calendar for primary school children

Download it here


Lessons and worksheets by level: CARITAS Aotearoa New Zealand

The theme for Lent 2018 is inspired by a quote from Suzanne Aubert: ‘Let us go together’. We are personally called to go on a journey - with each other and with God. In the course of the journey we are changed and we change the world around us.

Let us go together: Journeying to peace and hope in Timor-Leste is the title of the unit which features stories from communities in Timor-Leste that highlight both challenges and transformation. Key themes include peace, reconciliation, overcoming poverty and empowering women. Access the resources here

Send suggestions of other new, free resources for inclusion to: the Editor



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