For You and Your Classroom: Lenten Devotionals


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New Lenten prayer booklets for all ages from Creative Communications for the Parish.

By Barb Szyszkiewicz

Prayer is one of the three pillars of Lent, along with fasting and almsgiving, and our friends at Creative Communications for the Parish have this base covered with their wide selection of Lenten devotionals for Catholics of all ages. Whether you encourage your students to pray at home or carve extra prayer time out of your busy day in the classroom, you can use these resources with your students or for your own spiritual benefit. At some schools, the faculty makes time once a day or once per week to pray together — any of the devotionals for adults would be perfect for that as well. All of these are available in bulk quantities at a deep discount.

For young children

My Lenten Journey! (Stick-With-Me Bible Stories) by David Mead is a sticker book of ways to praise for 40 days. With colorful stickers highlighting both biblical events and meaningful practices of Lent, this sticker book helps children make the 40-day journey in a memorable way. Children can complete the storybook by adding a colorful sticker illustration to each page. A great handout for ages 5-8.

A is for Ashes: Praying Through Lent from A to Z.  The sights, symbols and biblical story of salvation are revealed through 47 alphabetical Lenten prayers. This Lenten primer helps children to learn, pray and grow closer to God throughout the season of Lent. Ages 6-12 and their families.

For families

Treasure in Jars of Clay: Family Devotions and Activities for Lent by Steve and Sue Givens. This devotional offers a short selection for reading and listening, followed by a call to action and a prayer for the day. Appropriate for school-age children and their families, but most of the activities can be adapted for classroom use if you choose.

For teens

Lent is A-Maze-Ing: Devotions for Teens and Young Adults includes a brief daily reflection that provides a simple roadmap for youth as they follow where Jesus leads. Our Savior skillfully navigates the pitfalls of sin and temptation that trip us up, and he brings us at last to his cross, and then, a-maze-ingly, on to the open tomb. Ages 13 and up.

For teens and adults

Lent with the Saints: Wisdom from the Church’s Holy Ones by Connie Clark. This booklet features short biographical sketches and reflections about the lives of 45 well-known saints. Read and reflect on the often difficult but ultimately joy-filled lives of the saints and join in their joy and love for the Lord. Use this booklet for a daily prayer time to begin or end class!

Living God’s Word: Scripture and Reflection for Each Day of Lent by Terence Hegarty has a built-in prayer journal along with references for the daily Mass readings, a Scripture quote, and short journal prompt. This booklet would make an excellent choice for high-school religion classes or faculty prayer groups.

For adults

From Suffering to Salvation: Inspiration from Henri J.M. Nouwen by Christopher Klofft. An invaluable guide for Lent, these devotions allow readers to recall how Jesus willingly suffered to open the door to our salvation. Each Lent, we are called to prayerfully consider that sacrificial love, receive it, share it and demonstrate it to others. A spiritual icon of the 20th century, Henri Nouwen wrote about this love which continues to captivate millions. In these pages, Nouwen excerpts are accompanied by Scripture passages and original reflections by the author.

The Healing Rosary by Fr. Thomas J. Connery. Citing more than 50 Scripture verses associated with healing, this unique little booklet guides you closer to our healing God as you prepare for Easter. Weaving in the spiritual, the psychological and some good old-fashioned common sense, Father Thomas Connery emphasizes the desire that God has for us all, to be healthy and to remain in his Word.

Living Water: Catholic Prayers for Lent by Mary Marrocco. With Scripture and heartfelt prayers, you’ll be able to approach Easter with the teachings and actions of Jesus foremost in your mind. This pocket-size book is easy to bring anywhere, for a short prayer break whenever you have the opportunity.

Barb Szyszkiewicz is editor at CatholicMom.com and managing editor of Today’s Catholic Teacher.

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