Lenten Devotions at Calvary

Tiffany Window in the nave of Calvary Episcopal church, depicting the Road to Emmaus.

Tiffany Window in the nave of Calvary Episcopal church, depicting the Road to Emmaus.

The Rev. H. Elizabeth Back shares with the Parish her top nine tips for #livinglent at Calvary.

How Can I Observe Lent?

"I invite you in the name of the Church to the observance of a Holy Lent by self-examination and repentance by prayer, fasting and self-denial and by reading and meditating on God's holy word." (BCP, p. 265)

1. Pray without ceasing. A short prayer list includes: 

  • The Vestry Members
  • Our new Interim Rector, Rev. Ron DelBene
  • The Calvary staff
  • The supply organist and Calvary choir
  • The Sunday School teachers and students
  • The visitors and greeters
  • The 4th street neighborhood - especially Spalding University, the First Unitarian Church, Greater Bethel Temple Apostolic, and those who reside in the 800 Building
  • Those who work in and all who benefit from the Food and Clothing Ministry
  • The Strings program
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • For all who sleep in the doorway

 Take the Sunday bulletin home, too, to pray specific names of Calvary members.

2. Attend a Bible Study. Try the Bible Basics Class at 10 am in Parker Hall every Sunday, continuing for six Sundays.

3. Read Lifesigns by Henri Nouwen. If you call Calvary home, this classic book will be a meaningful reflection for you on community life.

4. Pick your least-favorite person and pray for their health and well-being every night before you turn out the light. Then say the Lord's Prayer.

5. Ask God to prepare you for Easter. Will you attend a Maundy Thursday Service or Good Friday liturgy? Would Easter be the opportunity for you to invite a friend to Calvary?

6. Read Psalm 51 every morning with your coffee. That's 40 times in a row!

7. Alter a stressful part of your life. If there were one stressful component of your schedule you could alter, could you do it during this season?

8. Set a timer for three minutes at 5 pm (or any time of transition) every day, and simply stop what you are doing and breathe. Listen very carefully in case there is something God is saying. God may not be saying anything, but how else would you know?

9. Pray for CalvaryEvery single day.

Whatever way you choose to observe this season, make yourself accountable to at least one other person.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:11