We would like to lead our first forum-wide devotional upon Lent, especially considering what today is, the Wednesday of the holy week. Here are some resources for all of us to be on the same page and worship in piety upon Lent together, as one community. As step 1, you are all asked to read Bishop Ken's 1688 letter upon Lent, that has been published on this website. You can find it here: http://www.anglican.net/thomas-ken-letter-concerning-lent/ Next, one of our members has sent in another very helpful passage from Bishop Ken, an excerpt upon Lent out of a larger sermon. You are all asked to read and reflect upon this, after having read the first Letter. Thomas Ken on Lent from a sermon preached in the King's Chapel at Whitehall. March 8, First Sunday in Lent 1685. (Text: Daniel 10). "For what is Lent, in its original institution, but a spiritual conflict to subdue the flesh to the spirit, to beat down our bodies, and to bring them into subjection? What is it but a penitential martyrdom for so many weeks altogether, which we suffer for our own and others' sins? A devout soul, that is able to duly observe it, fastens himself to the Cross on Ash Wednesday, and hangs crucified by contrition all the Lent long; that having felt in his closet the burthen and the anguish, the nails and the thorns, and tasted the gall of his own sins, he may by his own crucifixion be better disposed to be crucified with Christ on Good Friday, and most tenderly sympathize with all the dolors and pressures and anguish and torments and desertion, infinite, unknown, and unspeakable, which God Incarnate endured when He bled upon the Cross for the sins of the world; that being purified by repentance and made conformable to Christ crucified, he may offer up a pure oblation at Easter and feel the power and the joys and the triumph of his Saviour's Resurrection. And to encourage you to such a devotion, thus enforced with fasting, and mourning, and alms, as was this of Daniel, reflect on the wonderful success he found. For when he began his supplications the angel Gabriel was sent to him by God, and arrived before he had ended them; and by that heavenly messenger God then honoured him with that glorious prophecy of the seventy weeks. And the prophet Ezekiel joins Daniel with Noah and Job, as the three greatest instances of prevalence with God that ever prayed." And finally, make sure to read and be familiar with our reverend Commination Service, which shall be taken, in a standard fashion, from the 1662 Prayerbook: http://archive.org/stream/bookofcommonpra00inchur#page/218/mode/2up You are strongly enjoined to read and reflect on all these passages. We will do the same on our end as well.