Resources for Lent 2020
To help each one of us prepare for Easter during the Season of Lent (26 February - 9 April 2020) and following past practice, we have compiled our list of new-for-2020- free- online resources for your reading, listening, viewing, praying and reflection.
The resources listed here are not intended to be a comprehensive listing, so if you think we are missing any excellent new and free resources, please let us know.
As further resources are added to the listing over the next few weeks, they will be identified with a 'new' icon.
Messages to: the Editor
Mercy Global Presence Reflective Posters: MIA
Explore the riches in Mercy Global Presence Segment One: Global using the four reflective posters and accompanying guides on the four themes: 'Cosmos/Cosmology', 'Earth and Integral Ecology', 'People and Deep Social Change', 'Incarnate God in Cosmos and in Person of Jesus'.
Lenten Reflection Guide 2020: Maryknoll Missioners
'A Journey Towards Ecological conversion'
The Lenten Reflection Guide for 2020 focuses on the concept of "ecological conversion," emphasized by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si'. It offers reflections, prayers, and questions based on the scripture passages for each week of Lent and featuring the experiences of Maryknoll Missioners.
Online Retreat: Jesuits in Britain
A Retreat, Journey into Freedom, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola
Ecospirituality Resources for Lent 2020: Terri McKenzie shcj
I Thirst: This material was created to help people deepen their reflections on Jesus’ “I Thirst” during Lent by appreciating God’s gift of water, the divine presence living and acting within it, current water conditions on Earth, and how we can respond in faith.
Laudato Si’: This material focuses on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical highlighting the unity of all creation, current threats to it, relevant Scripture, causes of the problems, and potential solutions. Participants will read and pray with quotes from the document, discuss them and take actions. It also includes suggestions for music and media.
Opening the Scriptures: Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Setting our hearts on fire
Taking this biblical story as its starting point, the course invites us to ‘open the scriptures’ and read them with with both our hearts and our heads.
For Our Common Home: Development & Peace Canada
Resources on this theme include Solidarity calendar, prayer card, reflection and Way of the Cross.
Signs of Life: Why Church Matters: Society of Saint John the Evangelist,
'This series comes right from the heart of our lives as monks at SSJE, as it takes up the signs and symbols of our shared Christian worship.'
Grace of Earth: Columbans
This resource explores six Earth life support systems as ways of God revealing, God inspiring, God challenging. These are:
- Fresh Water
- Plant Life
- Animal Life
Mercy Meatless Mondays: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team
During the Season of Creation last fall, the Sisters of Mercy encouraged the Mercy Community to refrain from eating meat on Mondays for seven weeks. We took this action as one way to care for Earth, as meat production consumes large amounts of water and produces more greenhouse gasses than a vegetarian diet.
With Lent 2020 approaching, the Mercy Justice Team is reintroducing Mercy Meatless Mondays. Same resource, new content and look. Just as in the fall, Mercy Meatless Mondays Lent 2020 includes inspirational quotes, informational resources regarding health and the environment, and of course, recipes!
Please post photos of your meatless meals to social media using the hashtag #MercyMeatlessMondays. And sign up for more resources to help you with Earth-friendly lifestyle changes.
Sisters of Mercy Justice Team
Blog Series: Institute of the Americas
- Ash Wednesday
- The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death
- Second Station of the Cross: Jesus Takes Up His Cross
- The Third, Seventh and Ninth Stations: Jesus Falls Three Times5.
- The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother, Veronica and the Weeping Women of Jerusalem
- The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Is Forced to Help Jesus Carry the Cross
- The Tenth Station: Jesus Is Stripped of his Clothing
Living Laudato Si' Lenten Calendar: Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth Office of JPIC
'Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” (LS 217)
Lenten Moments : Mercy Partners Qld
There are seven Lenten Moments in the 2020 series.
Download these here:
The Blessing of Earth: Ash Wednesday
The Blessing of Wind: 1st Sunday in Lent
The Blessing of Fire: 2nd Sunday in Lent
The Blessing of Water: 3rd Sunday in Lent
The Blessing of the Night: 4th Sunday in Lent
The Blessing of the Day: 5th Sunday in Lent
Lessons in Lent: Global Sisters Report
Six lessons on six themes from GSR for use in the classroom.
Lent 2020 Primary Resources: CAFOD
Find out about how CAFOD helps people in the Amazon rainforest to defend their rights.
Lent 2020 Secondary & Youth Resources: CAFOD
Defend the Defenders of the Amazon