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The Liturgies in Lent

by The Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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The liturgies listed below incorporate several elements to emphasize the focus of the season:  1. A special Lenten Confession for each Sunday (with or without communion);  2. I recommend either ELW Setting 5 or LBW Setting 3 for a more somber plainsong type sound;  3. Use of the five parts of Martin Luther's Small Catechism as the profession of faith replacing the creed each week;  4. A special offertory hymn, "God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending," stanza 1 (a lovely stewardship hymn with cross and shattered grave themes, not generally known, but quickly learned during this full season);  5. The singing of the Lord's Prayer from the settings mentioned (also good to learn for use at other times of the year);  and 6. The ancient Prayer of Humble Access as an invitation to communion at the breaking of the bread.  Together, these make for a fine liturgy befitting this season of reflection and repentance.

 

Lent 1

Lent 2

Lent 3

Lent 4

Lent 5

 

Make sure you also check out the Handbook for the Discipline for Lent and the Stations of the Cross (traditionally done on Fridays, but might be used before/after weekday Lenten services). Both can enhance the season greatly.