Lent

The Season of Lent

Lent spans 40 workdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating on the Saturday before Easter.  The Sunday's within Lent are not counted part of the 40 day duration, but rather are called Sunday's In Lent.  The significance of 40 days can be traced to many things within the bible, but in this instance refers to and honor's the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness preparing for his ministry.  Within CVP, Lent is a time of preparation and prayer spent in readying for Easter and our Savior's resurrection.  As such, we don't "give something up for Lent", but rather if something is distracting from focusing on Lent and Christ's sacrifice, we may set it aside temporarily.

As one gets closer to the end of Lent, we enter what is known as Holy Week.  This is started with Palm Sunday, otherwise known as Passion Sunday, and observes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem where folks waved palm branches proclaiming him as the messianic king.  The word passion refers to the final journey of Jesus to the cross and crucifixion.  Next would be Maundy Thursday which refers to series of events that took place the day before Jesus was arrested.  These events include the last supper where communion has it's origins, Jesus' betrayal by Judas, and ended with Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane prior to his arrest to be taken before Caiaphas.  Prior to the last supper, Jesus washed his disciples feet to illustrate the humility involved in servanthood.  He also taught his disciples a new commandment quoted in John 13:45-45 NIV “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Good Friday and/or Tenebrae are one and the same day and come on the last Friday of Lent.  The church observes the day of Jesus' arrest, trial and crucifixion.  Not even a week before on Palm Sunday, the people proclaimed Jesus king and now on this day, they demand his death.  Tenebrae is a way the church observes the coming darkness of a world without God by selected bible readings and a growing darkness (either by turning off lights one by one, or extinguishing ceremonial candles).  Tenebrae typically concludes with a loud noise symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb.  Lent concludes on Holy Saturday - the day Jesus rested in the tomb.

Suggested Readings

DatePsalmOTEpistleGospel
February 14, 2018AM: 95, 32, 143
PM: 102, 130
AMos 5:6-15Heb 12:1-14Luke 18:9-14
February 15, 2018AM: 37:1-18
PM: 37:19-42
Hab 3:1-18Phil 3:12-21John 17:1-8
February 16, 2018AM: 95, 31
PM: 35
Eze 18:1-4, 25-32Phil 4:1-9John 17:9-19
February 17, 2018AM: 30, 32
PM: 42, 43
Eze 39:21-29Phil 4:10-20John 17:20-26
February 18, 2018AM: 63, 98
PM: 103
Dan 9:3-10Heb 2:10-18John 12:44-50
February 19, 2018AM: 41, 52
PM: 44
Gen 37:1-111 Cor 1:1-19Mark 1:1-13
February 20, 2018AM: 45
PM: 47, 48
Gen 37:12-241 Cor 1:20-31Mark 1:14-28
February 21, 2018AM: 119:49-72
PM: 49, 53
Gen 37:25-361 Cor 2:1-13Mark 1:29-45
February 22, 2018AM:  50, 59, 60
PM: 19, 46
Gen 39:1-231 Cor 2:14-3:15Mark 2:1-12
February 23, 2018AM: 40, 54
PM: 51
Gen 40:1-231 Cor 3:16-23Mark 2:13-22
February 24, 2018AM: 55
PM: 138, 139
Gen 41:1-131 Cor 4:1-7Mark 2:23-3:6
February 25, 2018AM: 24, 29
PM: 8,84
Gen 41:14-45Rom 6:3-14John 5:19-24
February 26, 2018AM: 56, 57, 58
PM: 64, 65
Gen 41:46-571 Cor 4:8-21Mark 3:7-19a
February 27, 2018AM: 61, 62
PM: 68
Gen 42:1-171 Cor 5:1-8Mark 3:19b-35
February 28, 2018AM: 72
PM: 119:73-96
Gen 42:18-281 Cor 5:6-6:8Mark 4:1-20
March 1, 2018AM: 70, 71
PM: 74
Gen 42:29-381 Cor 6:12-30Mark 4:21-34
March 2, 2018AM: 69
PM: 73
Gen 43:1-151 Cor 7:1-9Mark 4:35-41
March 3, 2018AM: 75, 76
PM: 23, 27
Gen 43:16-341 Cor 7:10-24Mark 5:1-20
March 4, 2018AM: 93, 96
PM: 34
Gen 44:1-17Rom 8:1-10John 5:25-29
March 5, 2018AM: 80
PM: 77, 79
Gen 44:18-341 Cor 7:25-31Mark 5:21-43
March 6, 2018AM: 78:1-39
PM: 78:40-72
Gen 45:1-151 Cor 7:32-40Mark 6:1-13
March 7, 2018AM: 119:97-120
PM: 81, 82
Gen 45:16-281 Cor 8:1-13Mark 6:13-29
March 8, 2018AM: 42, 43
PM: 85, 86
Gen 46:1-7, 28-341 Cor 9:1-15Mark 6:30-46
March 9, 2018AM: 88
PM: 91, 92
Gen 47:1-261 Cor 9:16-27Mark 6:47-56
March 10, 2018AM: 87, 90
PM: 136
Gen 47:27-48:71 Cor 10:1-13Mark 7:1-23
March 11, 2018AM: 66, 67
PM: 19, 46
Gen 48:8-22Rom 8:11-25John 6:27-40
March 12, 2018AM: 89:1-18
PM: 89: 19-52
Gen 49:1-281 Cor 10:14-11:1Mark 7:24-37
March 13, 2018AM: 97, 99, 100
PM: 94, 95
Gen 49:29-50:141 Cor 11:17-34Mark 8:1-10
March 14, 2018AM: 101, 109
PM: 119:121-144
Gen 50:15-261 Cor 12:1-11Mark 8:11-26
March 15, 2018AM: 69
PM: 73
Exod 1:6-221 Cor 12:12-26Mark 8:27-9:1
March 16, 2018AM: 107:1-32
PM: 102, 108
Exod 2:1-221 Cor 12:27-13:3Mark 9:2-13
March 17, 2018AM:  102, 108
PM: 33
Exod 2:23-3:151 Cor 13:1-13Mark 9:14-29
March 18, 2018AM: 118
PM: 145
Exod 3:16-4:12Rom 12:1-12John 8:46-59
March 19, 2018AM: 31
PM: 35
Exod 4:10-311 Cor 14:1-19Mark 9:30-41
March 20, 2018AM: 121, 122, 123
PM: 124, 125, 126
Exod 5:1-6:11 Cor 14:20-40Mark 9:42-50
March 21, 2018AM: 119:145-176
PM: 128, 129, 130
Exod 7:8-242 Cor 2:14-3:6Mark 10:1-16
March 22, 2018AM: 131, 132, 133
PM: 140, 142
Exod 7:25-8:192 Cor 3:7-18Mark 10:17-31
March 23, 2018AM: 22
PM: 141, 143
Exod 9:13-352 Cor 4:1-12Mark 10:32-45
March 24, 2018AM: 137, 144
PM: 42, 43
Exod 10:21-11:82 Cor 4:13-18Mark 10:46-52
March 25, 2018AM: 24, 29
PM: 103
AM: Zech 9:9-121 Tim 6:12-16Luke 19:41-48
March 26, 2018AM: 51
PM: 69:1-23
LAM 1:1-122 Cor 1:1-7Mark 11:12-25
March 27, 2018AM: 6, 12
PM: 94
LAM 1:17-222 Cor 1:8-22Mark 11:27-33
March 28, 2018AM: 55
PM: 74
LAM 2:1-92 Cor 1:23-2:11Mark 12:1-11
March 29, 2018AM: 102
PM: 142, 143
LAM 2:10-181 Cor 10:14-17, 11:27-32Mark 14:12-25
March 30, 2018AM: 95, 22
PM: 40, 54
LAM 3:1-9, 19-331 Pet 1:10-20AM: Jn 13:36-38
March 31, 2018AM: 95, 88
PM: 27
LAM 3:37-58AM: Heb 4:1-16No Gospel Reading