My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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O Oriens - O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn

O Oriens: “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.” (9:1). 

O Rising Dawn (O Oriens): O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice; Come, enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

Here are some ideas to celebrate today:
  • Eggs - sunny side up of course
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Anything "Lemony" says sunshine to me!  I think lemon chicken from the crockpot would be a good choice for us tonight!  Here's a recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking. 
  • We usually make a nice orange sherbert punch  with 7-Up or Sprite. 
  • Hang some more Christmas Lights or drive around and see the neighborhood lights!
  • Paper plate sun craft for little kids. 
  • Sun Catcher
  • Pray the office this evening with your family - The Antiphon goes with the evening prayer!

Christmas Day celebrations.

Remember Advent is NOT LENT! There is the anticipation of birth in Advent - not the focus on death - that comes in a few more months. So it's okay to be a bit more festive in my opinion in the days before Christmas - and to suffer the ashes in Lent!