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Lent 7 Devotions



We give you thanks Holy Father, for your holy name which you have caused to dwell in our hearts, and for the knowledge and faith and immortality which you have made known to us through Jesus your servant; to you be the glory forever.

You, almighty Master, created all things for your name’s sake, and gave food and drink to men to enjoy, that they might give you thanks; but to us you have graciously given spiritual food and drink, and eternal life through your servant [Jesus]. Above all we give thanks because you are mighty; to you be the glory forever.

Remember your church, Lord, to deliver it from all evil and to make it perfect in your love; and gather it, the one that has been sanctified, from the four winds into your kingdom, which you have prepared for it; for yours is the glory forever.

May grace come, and may this world pass away. Hosanna to the God of David. If anyone is holy, let him come; if anyone is not, let him repent. Maranatha! Amen.

– From the Didiche (The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, 2nd century, author unknown)


  • April 14     John 18:1–24
  • April 15     John 18:25–19:16
  • April 16     John 19:17–42
  • April 17     John 20
  • April 18     John 21

Lenten Devotions 11


O Love of God, descend into my heart;image
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling,
And scatter there Your cheerful beams.
Dwell in the soul that longs to be Your temple;
Water that barren soil overrun with weeds and briars
And lost for lack of cultivating.
Make it fruitful with Your dew.
Come, dear Refreshment of those who languish;
Come, Star and Guide of those who sail amidst tempests.
You are the Haven of the tossed and shipwrecked.
Come now, Glory and Crown of the living,
As well as the Safeguard of the dying.
Come, Sacred Spirit;
Come, and fit me to receive You. Amen.

St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo A.D. 354-430


Monday, April 18           Luke 22:1–38

Tuesday, April 19          Luke 22:39–71

Wednesday, April 20     Luke 23:1–43

Thursday, April 21         Luke 23:44–56

Friday, April 22             Luke 24

Lenten Devotions 10


Lord, teach me to be generous.saint_ignatius_of_loyola_large
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)


Monday, April 11          Luke 18

Tuesday, April 12         Luke 19:1–27

Wednesday, April 13    Luke 19:28–48

Thursday, April 14        Luke 20

Friday, April 15            Luke 21

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Lenten Devotions 9


imageMay God the Father, and the Eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, build us up in faith and truth and love, and grant to us our portion among the saints with all those who believe on our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for all saints, for kings and rulers, for the enemies of the Cross of Christ, and for ourselves we pray that our fruit may abound and we may be made perfect in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.
– Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna

Born 69AD, Martyred 156 AD (a disciple of St. John)


Monday, April 04, 2011         Luke 13

Tuesday, April 05, 2011        Luke 14

Wednesday, April 06, 2011    Luke 15

Thursday, April 07, 2011        Luke 16

Friday, April 08, 2011            Luke 17

Lenten Devotions 7



Lord, make ame an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi – 13th century


Monday, March 28           Luke 9:28–62

Tuesday, March 29           Luke 10

Wednesday, March 30,     Luke 11:1–28

Thursday, March 31          Luke 11:29–54

Lenten Devotions 6



imageAlmighty 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.

1979 Book of Common Prayer


Wednesday, March 23, 2011     Luke 7:18–50

Thursday, March 24, 2011         Luke 8

Friday, March 25, 2011             Luke 9:1–27

Monday, March 28, 2011          Luke 9:28–62

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