General Prayer & Devotional Resources
- The Diocese of Toronto has gathered a number of prayer resources together, including a Monthly Cycle of Prayer and an Outreach and Advocacy Cycle of Prayer
- Online lectionary from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary
- A Disciple’s Prayer Book, composed by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.
- A concise explanation of Lectio Divina, the ancient form of Bible study and prayer, from St. John’s Cathedral, Winnipeg.
- More prayer resources can be found on the Anglican Church of Canada’s prayer webpage.
Resources for Families & Children
- On Sunday mornings, our children have been worshipping using a liturgy designed just for them, based on the Liturgy of the Word the adults are experiencing at the same time. A copy for Lent is available here. Families are invited to use the prayers, psalm, and songs for their own family devotions. Bible stories can be chosen from the daily office lectionary, or from a storybook Bible.
- Storybook Bibles are a great way to introduce children to the narrative of Scripture. Ones we use at the Church of the Transfiguration include the Jesus Storybook Bible, the Children of God Storybook Bible, and the Spark Story Bible.
- More prayer and liturgical resources for growing in faith together can be found on the Grow Christians website, a ministry based in the American Episcopal Church, and in the parenting section of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Community Blog.
- For specific ideas on how to observe Advent with children, this Anglican Journal article offers some ideas.
He said to them, “Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
- Lenten Booklet – The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)’s 2018 Lent Resource. We invite you to dig deeper into the issues and work supported by PWRDF around the world, and the call to prayer, reflection, and action that comes along with it.
- Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John – A six-week devotional developed by the Episcopal Church for 2018, inviting participants to reflect each day on a passage from John.
- Lenten Fast for Creation is a resource put together by the Global Catholic Climate Movement and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (distributed through Green Anglicans), inviting readers to take small steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle and world.
- Faithfulness – The Rev’d David Howells invites us into Lent with this sermon.
- Show Me The Way – This book by Henri Nouwen invites readers to journey with him on a 40-day Lenten path.
- The Word in the Wilderness – Malcolm Guite’s book reflects on a poem each day for Lent and Easter.
- “A Monk’s Guide to Fasting” (BBC)
- “How Some Christians Prepare their Hearts, Stomachs for Lent” (Daily Herald)
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11: 1-2
- Several Advent 2018 resources can be found here and include the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund reflection, the Heartbeat of the Church initiative, and #AdventWord.
- The Diocese of Westminster (Vancouver) has developed this Advent devotional, entitled “Living in the Edge”.
- “Liberated by God’s Grace” 2016 Advent devotional created jointly by the Anglican and Lutheran churches to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, focussing on how we are “liberated by God’s grace” and that “salvation, human beings, and creation are not for sale.”
- Need ideas for how to observe Advent with children? The Anglican Journal has an article with a few tips.
- The Advent of Justice by Brian J. Walsh, J. Richard Middleton, Mark Vander Vennen (edited by Sylvia Keesmaat). First published in 1993 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Citizens for Public Justice; “In this book of reflections, four friends come together to lead us more deeply into Advent as a time of profound hope for the coming of God’s good kingdom of shalom while also a time of lament and anguish in the face of injustice.”
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.”