The Season of Lent

Lent is the forty day season (excluding Sundays) that starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter). The Lenten Season of 2017 lasts from March 1st to April 16th.

The word “Lent” means spring. But it’s more like winter — the last blast of cold before the warm green is here to stay. Fasting before feasting. Gearing down before going up.

Churches and individuals can recognize the Lenten Season in a variety of ways. At Redemption Peoria, we believe that there is great value in observing and engaging in the Season of Lent. There is not only a deep focus on penitence and self-denial, but more importantly on the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are forced to slow down and reorient our lives. This is an outward act meant to direct inner devotion — to prepare you for Easter and to give context to your celebration.

Our hope and prayer is that this season, which has been observed by thousands of our brothers and sisters throughout church history, makes our celebration that much sweeter on that glorious Easter morn.

Alas and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sov'reign die!
Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I!
Was it for crimes that I had done, He groaned upon the tree!
Amazing pity, grace unknown! And love beyond degree.

- Isaac Watts, 1707

Lent Devotional

This devotional guide is aimed to help you press in during this Lenten Season, with scriptures, prayers, poems and sonnets, artwork, and songs. There are weekly themes with daily readings. Feel free to use this in your personal quiet time, with your family, with your community group, or all of the above.

May you be amazed at the grace of God as you approach the Father in these times of reflection. May we all be conformed more and more to the likeness of Jesus Christ. We will be praying for all of you during this Lenten Season.



You will find weekly downloads of the Lent devotional below, with each download being available on the Friday before the corresponding week.

Introduction [includes 3/1 thru 3/4 readings]
Week One | Temptation
Week Two | Sin
Week Three | Mercy
Week Four | Hunger & Thirst
Week Five | Waiting
Palm Sunday | Fulfillment
Holy Week | The Road to Easter


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