The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Resources for Lent 2017

Lent is a time to connect to our Holy Land. 

During the holy season of Lent, our minds and prayers naturally turn to the Holy Land, the place of Christ’s ministry, suffering, death and resurrection. Christians living in the Holy Land today are a small minority in a volatile place. 

Be inspired by reflections on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and on peacebuilding, and help your congregation learn about and pray for the Holy Land, with these resources provided by the Holy Landers Ministry Network of ECCT with Jerusalem Peacebuilders and the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

(Image right: St. George's College, Jerusalem. CC credit Anglican Video, Anglican Church of Canada)

A complete list of the 2017 Lenten Prayers of the People is available here as a PDF or Word document. 

  • Ash Wednesday, and resource for the week leading up to the First Sunday in Lent (in Feb. 28 eNews)
  • For the week leading up to the Second Sunday in Lent (included in March 7 eNews)
  • For the week leading up to the Third Sunday in Lent (included in March 14 eNews)
  • For the week leading up to the Fourth Sunday in Lent (included in March 21 eNews)
  • For the week leading up to the Fifth Sunday in Lent (included in March 28 eNews)
  • For the week leading up to Palm Sunday, including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (included in April 4 eNews)
    • Video reflection from Anne K. Lynn, President, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 
    • Prayers of the People for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (PDF and Word)
    • Image/w reflection from Tom Verde, Pilgrim (.jpg or PDF
    • Prayers of the People for Maundy Thursday (PDF and Word)
    • Good Friday: Direct your Good Friday offering to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Resources here include a letter from the Presiding Bishop, bulletin covers, and bulletin inserts.
  • For the week leading up to Easter Day, including Easter Vigil (included in April 11 eNews)

 


Learn about the work of the Diocese of Jerusalem: http://afedj.org.
 Lenten resources for congregations include bulletin inserts, mite boxes, and children's stories. 

Jerusalem peacebuilders
Learn about the work of Jerusalem Peacebuildershttps://www.jerusalempeacebuilders.org/ Their work includes a service-learning program for teens, held in New Haven, CT in addition to ones in Vermont, Texas, and Jerusalem. 

 

Read the Resolution from the ECCT Annual Convention in 2016 that led to these resources. (PDF here).

RESOLVED, that the 232nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
celebrates that our faith is rooted in Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection in Israel
and Palestine thereby making it our Holy Land, and recognizing that it is also the Holy
Land of other faiths; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Convention express its solidarity in prayer and
support for Christians in Israel and Palestine; and be it further

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Convention affirm the work of the Episcopal
Diocese of Jerusalem in healing, education, and pastoral care; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Convention invite Episcopalians in Connecticut to
learn about and participate in programs of relationship building, interfaith dialogue,
non-violence training, and advocacy for human rights in Israel and Palestine; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Convention urge Episcopalians in Connecticut to
demonstrate solidarity with the people and places of Israel and Palestine by making
pilgrimages to our Holy Land; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Convention commends the ministries and
encourages support for The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
(www.afedj.org), Jerusalem Peacebuilders (www.jerusalempeacebuilders.org), and the
Holy Land Ministry Network of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut as resources for
this education and engagement with our companions in our Holy Land.