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2016 Lenten Devotional

2016 Lenten Devotional

Lenten Devo 2016 into

The sacrifice
acceptable to God
is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:17

Dear Reader,
According to the church calendar, Lent is a forty-weekday journey, beginning on Ash
Wednesday and ending on Easter. This season gives us an opportunity to lift our hearts
up to the Lord. As we lift our hearts to God, Lent guides us to the cross and the mysteries
of the resurrection.

Traditionally, this is a season of reflection and repentance. Often it is understood as a season
of giving things up. This “giving up” is best understood in light of the sursum corda
(the pre-communion liturgical movement of lifting our hearts up to God). Thus, the “giving
up” of Lent is a sort of “giving in” to the knowledge of who God is and what God
has done for us. These actions require self-reflection. Yet, the structure of Lent allows us
to do this reflection inside of community.

This devotional is an opportunity to walk through this season in light of scripture
alongside the community of Princeton Theological Seminary. Students, family-members,
staff, faculty and trustees have all contributed to this resource. Their Lenten reflections
take on a variety of forms: questions, reflections, poems, prayers, and artwork. Each
reflection, artwork or text, is based on one of the lectionary texts. In the devotional, all
scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version.

Sheena Cameron
Suzanne Cooley
Christa Cordova
Christina Cosby
Jamie Fiorino
Melissa Haupt

Kathryn Heidelberger
Max Heidelberger
Linda Kress
Reginald McLeod
Mary Nickel
Daniel Perez

Melissa Martin Sells
David B. Smith
Emilee Snyder
Rachel Stuart
Kevin Vollrath
Kathy Whalen

Grace and peace to you in this Lenten Journey,
Mary Nickel, Melissa Martin Sells & Jan Ammon, 2016 Lenten Devotional Coordinators