Lent, Easter, and Pentecost

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. The biblical witness is found in the opening epic of the human story: "you are dust and to dust you shall return" (Gen 3:19). In the tenth century the use of ashes was employed in visibly reminding worshippers of their mortality as they began their Lenten "watch by the cross."

Bulletins and Covers for Lent and Easter

Several children's bulletins and bulletin covers suitable for Lent and Easter.

Celebrating Easter in the Home

Easter is a great festival in the church. We believe that our sin is dead in the grave and that we are raised through baptism into a new life with Christ.

Celebrating Lent in the Home

Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, takes place during the six weeks prior to Easter.

Celebrating Pentecost in the Home

On Pentecost, Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to God's people; it marks the establishment of the Christian church.

Easter Hunt

An alternative Easter hunt that includes symbols of Holy Week and Easter rather than baskets, bunnies, chocolates, and eggs.

Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord (Year A)

A liturgical resource for Easter, Year A

Easter Sunday (Year B)

A liturgical resource for Easter Sunday (Year B)

Easter Sunday (Year C)

Litugical resources for Easter Sunday (Year C)

Family Activity for Lent: Making Pretzels

Pretzels have an important meaning during Lent. Pretzels were made in the fifth century as a Lenten food in Austria, Germany, and Poland. People began to make them on Ash Wednesday, the very first day of Lent. The word "pretzel" is a German word meaning "little arms." The dough was shaped in such a way to look like two arms crossed in prayer.

Good Friday

The Solemn Reproaches are an ancient text of western Christendom associated with Good Friday and come at the conclusion of the service.

The Great Vigil of Easter

Sisters and brothers in Christ, on this holy night when our Savior Jesus passed from death to life, we gather with the church throughout the world in vigil and prayer.

Maundy Thursday

A liturgical resource for Maundy Thursday

Palm/Passion Sunday (Year A)

A liturgical resource for Palm/Passion Sunday (Year A)

Palm Sunday (Year B)

A liturgical resource for Palm Sunday (Year B)

Palm/Passion Sunday: Year C

A liturgical resource for Palm/Passion Sunday: Year C

Planning for Lent and Easter

A summary of the meaning and progression of Lent, including suggested activities for observing the liturgical season.

Try Something New (Old) for Lent

Descriptions of three practices for enhancing your church's worship experience during Lent: the imposition of ashes, stripping the sanctuary, and the Solemn Reproaches of the Cross.

First Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Liturgical suggestions for the first Sunday in Lent (Year A)

First Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Liturgical resources for the first First Sunday in Lent (Year B)

First Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Liturgical resources for the first Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Second Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Liturgical resources for the second Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Second Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Liturgical resources for the second Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Liturgical resources for the second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Third Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Liturgical resources suitable for the third Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Third Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Liturgical resources suitable for the third Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Liturgical resources for the third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A)

 A liturgical resource for the fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year B)

A liturgical resource for the fourth Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

A liturgical resource for the fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year A)

A liturgical resource for the fifth Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year B)

A liturgical resource for the fifth Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

A liturgical resource for the fifth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

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