As congregations, families, and individuals prepare to spend Holy Week and Easter at home this year, Church Publishing is offering a selection of free resources for devotional use.
We have created a downloadable activity pack with prayers, reflections, stories, crafts, and recipes to support children and families as they observe Holy Week together. The daily activities are taken from popular resources by authors Wendy Claire Barrie, Jenifer Gamber, Emily Slichter Given, Roger Hutchison, Anne E. Kitch, Sharon Ely Pearson, Timothy J. S. Seamans, and Jay Sidebotham.
The Way of the Cross is a form of devotion during Lent and Holy Week, an adaptation to local usage of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem. We are making available the PDF file of the service which is found in The Book of Occasional Services 2003.
For those parishes planning to observe the Easter Vigil but unable to access their buildings to gather the necessary resources, we are pleased to offer a downloadable version of the Exsultet, as taken from the Altar Book.
Devotional reading is a spiritual practice suitable to the full Christian year, not simply Advent and Lent. Church Publishing will also offer two books for the Easter season: Kate Moorehead’s Resurrecting Easter is available now and is followed by Franklin Brookhart’s Living the Resurrection later in the season.
Dean Wolfe, rector of St. Bartholomew’s in New York City, notes about Moorehead’s “compelling essays” that “Kate has a wonderful way of lovingly confronting her readers with the essential truths of the Christian faith.” These daily meditations help retain the focus of Easter throughout the length of the Great Fifty Days.
In Living the Resurrection, Franklin Brookhart, retired bishop of Montana, takes stories of the resurrection and illuminates a way for Christians and seekers to explore life in the new creation. Tying the gospel narrative to our lives as followers of Jesus, he proposes a means for transforming people and churches through living into the resurrection with the Risen Lord.
For more information on how Church Publishing is supporting churches and their congregations please visit www.churchpublishing.org/freeresources
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