Praying the Stations of the Cross: A Devotion of Suffering During a Year of Lent

In November of 2019, I sat in our priest’s office at church with my ministry partner, Jessi, as we naively discussed small group plans for 2020. It had been a discouraging season in ministry, but we had finally found a topic to get excited about. We would spend the beginning of the year […]

By |2021-02-15T16:39:01-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |2 Comments

Lent is Coming! (In Just 3 Weeks!)

The Psalm on the Cross

When the story of Jesus’s crucifixion is told in the Gospel, Jesus is said to have spoken these words in Aramaic: “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani.” (“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”)

Perhaps because these words are the most famous of Psalm 22, their […]

By |2021-02-02T12:13:01-06:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

This Holy Week, Remember That You Are Going to Die

This week, the Presbyterian theologian Carl Trueman reflected on what Christians ought to learn about ourselves and about the world from the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing, he says, seems obvious: “The levels of general panic indicate that few of us have been properly prepared for the reality of our own mortality.”

Many Christians have reflected on the significance of the […]

By |2020-04-03T14:47:43-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Theology|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Cuaresma: “¡Hacia atrás, Satanás!”

Pastor Anglicano” is a collaboration between Anglican Compass and Caminemos Juntos to deliver translated and original content in Spanish. The following piece was written in Spanish. It is not a translation of a previous Anglican Compass post.


La Cuaresma es una especie de puesta a punto para mi automóvil. Al igual que mi coche, me hace falta este […]

By |2020-03-24T08:02:27-05:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Pastor Anglicano|Tags: |0 Comments

The Great Relief of Lent

Editor’s Note: You can listen to this Ash Wednesday Sermon on Restoration Anglican Church’s podcast.


The life of Jesus is marked by healing. We marvel at the messiah as he travels through Galilee and Judea performing miracle after miracle, bringing wholeness and restoration to those who feel broken.

Does the solemn reminder of mortality we receive at the outset of […]

By |2020-03-03T09:37:31-06:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

A Millennial Lent

I belong to the generation that no one appears to understand: The Millennials. We have been referred to by the “e” word (entitled), and some spend thousands to purchase books and attend conferences in an attempt to understand this “everyone gets a trophy” generation. It’s pretty wild.

We are the generation that grew up with the rise and transformation of the […]

By |2020-02-23T15:01:45-06:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Reading Scripture During Lent

Despite its focus on repentance, Lent is no exception to the gracious focus of all Scripture—Jesus Christ himself. Scripture is always about redemption.

How should we read Scripture in Lent?

Before we look at that question, we have to lift a few burdens.

  • First, not all of us are expert Bible scholars, and that’s okay. As the Church Father […]
By |2020-02-23T14:44:51-06:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Unnatural Cravings: A Lenten Reflection

Learning to Love Lent

The very first time I gave anything up for Lent, I did it with a desperate heart: not sure what I needed, not sure what I wanted, and not sure what the whole thing was about anyway. I was raising and homeschooling three growing children, teaching literature at my homeschool co-op, running 30+ miles a week, and […]

By |2020-02-17T10:43:14-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Are the Main Worship Services during Lent and Holy Week?

Ash Wednesday

If you are new to Lent, you can go to any Anglican, Lutheran, or Roman Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday. Or find another type of church that has an “Ash Wednesday” sign.

None of the traditions listed here require that you be a member to participate in the Ash Wednesday service. Just note that Orthodox churches (Greek, Russian, etc.) have […]

By |2020-02-17T10:33:12-06:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

What’s the Point of Lent?

The following list (drawn from our book, Lent: The Journey from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week) is not exhaustive, but consider these Lenten lessons.

Lent reminds us that we are sinners and we need to repent.

We are sinners and we need to repent—even after we are baptized, saved, forgiven, and healed. Yes, we continue to be a part of this […]

By |2020-02-18T16:39:20-06:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |1 Comment

Ask the Editors! An Interview with Greg Goebel and Joshua Steele about Anglican Pastor’s New Lent Book

Who is this book for?

This book is for anyone and everyone interested in the ancient Christian season of Lent.

If you’ve never observed Lent before, there’s plenty to learn! But even if you’ve been observing Lent for a long time, we trust that the personal reflections and collect reflections we’ve assembled […]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:44-05:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to Avoid the Deadly Sin of Gluttony this Lent

Last week when I was in Egypt a young earnest Anglican asked me how Anglicans fast.

I was giving nine lectures on Anglicanism to sixty Egyptian Anglican bishops, priests, deacons, and their wives at a Coptic retreat center outside of Cairo. Bishop Mouneer Anis, bishop of Egypt and leader of the Global South, was my host.

I told this young man and […]

By |2019-03-24T12:18:58-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |3 Comments

Tailored vs. Traditional: Why Not Do Your Own Thing for Lent?

I’m busy planning out my personalized Lent. I need to decide what to give up. I need to decide what to give away. I need to pick books to read and do things that are tailored to my own personal, spiritual needs.

Lent arrives soon. Am I ready? There are so many choices to make.

Or are there?

A Traditional Lent

If I […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:57-06:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Opinion|Tags: |4 Comments

Lent: A Rookie Anglican Guide

What is Lent?

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting for 40 days, Lent is a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter.

The Church year revolves around two “cycles,” one for Christmas and one for Easter.

  • The Christmas cycle begins with a season of preparation: Advent.
  • The Easter cycle begins with a season of preparation: Lent.

Because Lent lasts for forty days […]

By |2021-02-02T12:29:29-06:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |6 Comments

The Key Difference Between the Similar Seasons of Advent and Lent

Purple Seasons of Preparation

About ten Sundays a year, purple vestments and altar hangings adorn sanctuaries in Anglican churches.

Purple signals the season of Advent and the beginning of a new Christian year, either the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday in December. Then follow the seasons of Christmastide, Epiphany, and the season after Epiphany. Purple returns on Ash Wednesday […]

By |2019-01-13T17:59:55-06:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar

On April 10, LeaderWorks will facilitate a webinar from the meeting of the ACNA’s Liturgy Taskforce as they work on common texts for liturgical use for our province. We hope to provide an opportunity to hear from the faithful men and women who have put in years of hard work on this prayer book. In October 2017, we were able […]

By |2019-01-10T16:51:41-06:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar

Easter isn’t a finish line—it’s our kickoff to a season of celebration. Still, pastors can be forgiven for admitting that after Holy Week, they are a little exhausted. Whether your church hosts vigils, daily services, or some other Easter extravaganza, there is a lot to juggle.

Especially tricky is managing the liturgies. Palms and Passion, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday; Holy […]

By |2019-03-08T16:12:36-06:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

The Bread that Really Satisfies: A Collect Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


The Fourth Sunday in Lent

By |2020-01-06T12:21:09-06:00March 10th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Collect Reflections: The Third Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


The Third Sunday in Lent

Heavenly […]

By |2019-01-04T22:36:16-06:00March 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Collect Reflections: The Second Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


The Second Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you […]

By |2019-01-04T22:36:19-06:00February 24th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Collect Reflections: The First Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


The First Sunday in Lent

By |2019-01-04T22:36:25-06:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ash Wednesday Excerpt: Giving Up

In Giving Up, I relate a moment from a particularly memorable Ash Wednesday. Other memories of this solemn service have been more somber, but none more soberly illustrates our ‘selfie culture’ or the need we have for this Lenten season that can draw us out of ourselves—if only we will let it.

The Gift of Lent

Lent begins with a necessary reminder: you are dust and to dust you shall return.

In Ash Wednesday, we speak these difficult words so that we might resist the influential fictions that our daily lives impress upon us. The fiction that we are in control. That we can fix ourselves. That we were designed first and foremost to love and care for […]

Ash Wednesday, A Collect Reflection

This post is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and […]

By |2020-02-25T18:23:19-06:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments