The Essential Lenten Handbook - A Daily Companion

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Catalog Code: 9780764805677

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Lent, the season of preparation for Christ’s Resurrection at Easter, is for many Catholics a special time of prayer, fasting, and renewed spiritual focus. There is no other period in the liturgical year that so completely draws our attention to the things of God, and to the great themes and traditions of Christianity.

The Essential Lenten Handbook provides everything readers need for a richer experience of the 40 days before Easter. Whether one wishes to follow a traditional program of Lenten devotion centered around prayer, a "modern" program that focuses on Scripture readings, a family model that brings loved ones together for a shared spiritual journey, or a unique devotional program, this all-in-one resource is an invaluable reference and the quintessential compact guidebook to all of the basic Lenten practices of Catholicism.

The Essential Lenten Handbook covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • A short history of Lent
  • Traditional Lenten hymns
  • The penitential nature of Lent
  • Prayers of confession and reconciliation
  • Stations of the Cross
  • A Rule of Life for Lent
  • Lenten prayers to Christ and the Blessed Mother
  • Daily meditations for cycles A, B, and C
  • A glossary of Lenten terms
  • plus much more!

Perfect for Catholic families, returnees in need of a refresher course, converts learning about the Catholic faith, seekers looking to recharge their lives, and people who are searching for a helping hand through the Lenten season.

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Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 5 stars overall. A must in your library!

The Essential Lenten Handbook: A Daily Companion, published by Liguori Publications, is a fabulous one-stop resource for all your Lenten needs.  It is divided into 6 sections.   The first is on the meaning and history of Lent.   The next is on traditional practices of Lent, including in depth information on the Stations of the Cross, Lenten Meditations, the Lenten Reconciliation Service, as well as information on Confession, Adoration and other little known devotions.   The third section is on St. Alphonsus Liguori's Rule of Life, while section four centers on traditional prayers in Lent.  

If you're looking for some more modern Lenten resources, you will find what you are looking for in the next section.  Section five covers modern practices and prayers including a version of the Way of the Cross for use with f Full Review...

This item received 5 stars overall. A Top Pick to Aid Your Lenten Journey

If you're like me there are certain years when Lent starts and you feel less than prepared to begin this time of preparation.  Particular years stand out when despite giving Lent weeks of thought before hand I still feel like my efforts fell short or missed the mark.  The Essential Lenten Handbook is absolutely essential for those years (as well as being great for those other years when you feel a bit more "on track"). It's filled with traditional and modern practices and prayers that will enrich your spiritual journey and that help each individual put as much into their Lenten progression as they are able each year.

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