What is Lent?
Lent is the 40 day period in which we prepare for the great Easter season and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Primarily and historically, this has meant a return to our discipleship and devotion to Jesus, the Son of the Living God. It is a season of:
Repentance – confessing our sins and returning to the God of forgiveness.
Fasting – the voluntary denial of a normal function for a spiritual purpose.
Devotion – increased activity in worship, prayer, and service towards others.

COLLECTS, LESSONS, and prayers FOR THE WEEKS IN LENT
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Ash Wednesday Week:
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Ash Wednesday: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-24

Thursday: 1 Corinthians 1
Friday: 1 Corinthians 2
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 3

Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Close by saying the following:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.

First Week of Lent:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday: Matthew 4:1-11

Monday: 1 Corinthians 4
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 5
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 6
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 7
Friday: 1 Corinthians 8
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 9

Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Close by saying the following:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.

Second Week of Lent:
O God, whose glory it is to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast to the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday:   John 3:1-17

Monday: 1 Corinthians 10
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 11
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 12
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 13
Friday: 1 Corinthians 14
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15

Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Close by saying the following:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.

Third Week of Lent:
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday:   John 4:5-42

Monday:   1 Corinthians 16
Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 1
Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 2
Thursday: 2 Corinthians 3
Friday: 2 Corinthians 4
Saturday: 2 Corinthians 5

Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Close by saying the following:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.

Fourth Week of Lent:
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore gives us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday: John 9:1-38

Monday: 2 Corinthians 6
Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 7
Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 8
Thursday: 2 Corinthians 9
Friday: 2 Corinthians 10
Saturday: 2 Corinthians 11

Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Close by saying the following:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.

Fifth Week of Lent:
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday: John 11:1-44

Monday:  2 Corinthians 12
Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 13
Wednesday:  Colossians 1
Thursday: Colossians 2
Friday: Colossians 3
Saturday: Colossians 4

Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Close by saying the following:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.

Holy Week:
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Palm Sunday: Matthew 21: 1-17

Holy Monday:  John 12:1-11
Holy Tuesday:  Matthew 22:1-14
Holy Wednesday: Matthew 26:1-16
Maundy Thursday: Matthew 26:14-46
Good Friday: Matthew 27:1-56
Holy Saturday: Matthew 27:57-66

Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Continue with other prayers, thanksgivings, and intercessions

Close by saying the following:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.