2017 Lent Program - Up from the Waters

Reflections for Lent Year A. Published by the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

The Lenten resource from the Archdiocese of Brisbane is renowned for its ease of use, first class production of all printed materials (book, prayer cards and poster), website, video and audio segments. We always listen carefully to feedback from parishes and group participants – over 150,000 participants since 2000.

Our resource for the Jubilee of Mercy (2016), Being Lost … Being Found, was warmly received by parishes across Australia and in many countries across the world.

The new resource for 2017 is now available.

The title of the 2017 resource is taken from the Gospel of Matthew (Year A):

When Jesus had been baptised, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ (3:16)

The title is also taken from a hymn by Marty Haugen. The hymn has six verses and each week of the program the chorus and a verse will be sung in the opening prayer.

The Lenten Gospels include the three fundamental texts for our baptismal journey to Easter: the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well; Jesus healing the blind man and the washing in the pool of Siloam; and the raising and unbinding of Lazarus to new life.

The resource will be ideal for reflection, prayer and spiritual discernment for catechumens on the road to Easter at the Easter Vigil and candidates for reception into the Catholic Church.

One of the riches of the Vatican Council was to remind the Church of the two ‘lenses’ of the season of Lent: baptismal and penitential.

For all Christians this is a season for deep reflection and prayer to discern and review the ways we are living out our baptismal call to be ‘missionary disciples’ (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 24).

Book for group participants or personal reading

Lent 2017 Book

We are delighted to announce that the Gospel Reflections are being written by Fr Tony Chiera (Vicar General, Diocese of Bunbury) and Dr Jason McFarland (Assistant Director, ACU Centre for Liturgy). The opening and closing prayers have been written by Erica Marshall. The prayers and rituals have a beauty and simplicity incorporating the symbol of water throughout the six weeks of Lent. The program will be suited to all parishioners either to use individually or in groups. It will be particularly helpful for adults who are preparing for initiation at Easter.

The leader’s guide provides clear instructions and tips for the group facilitator.

The elements for each week of the program are: prayer (opening and closing prayers in the book, hymn on audio), Gospel (book and audio), Gospel Reflections (book, audio and video) questions for reflection and sharing (book) and Living Our Baptismal Call (suggestions and ideas for living as a ‘missionary disciple’ day to day).

Book price:

  • 1-9 copies: $8.00 (ex GST), $8.80 (inc GST)
  • 10-49 copies: $7.00 (ex GST), $7.70 (inc GST)
  • 50-99 copies: $6.50 (ex GST), $7.15 (inc GST)
  • 100+ copies: $6.00 (ex GST), $6.60 (inc GST)

Size: 64 pages, 28 x 20 cm

Buy Lent 2017 book

Download Week 3 sample

Download draft Leaders' Guide

Box Set: DVD and 2 CDs

Lent 2017 CD/DVD

The DVD will provide inspiring and informative Gospel reflections and personal stories. The audio CDs will provide audio tracks of the reflections and stories as well as the music for the prayers.

Each week there is a personal story or testimony to how the baptismal call has altered and transformed the life of the individual.

The use of the DVD is optional as all the Gospel reflections and stories are also on the audio CDs. However we live in a visual age and the videos of the reflections and personal stories provide a professional and engaging resource for groups and individuals. At only $16 (ex GST) the box set of the three discs (2 audio and 1 DVD) is great value.

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Buy Lent 2017 prayer cards


Lent 2017 Poster

To promote the program in your parish or school. Cover art from the cover of the book (copyright Samantha French).

Includes a quote from the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent – the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well:

‘The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life’. (John 4:14)

Space is provided for parish or school contact details.

Size: 280m X 200mm

Price: .50c (ex GST) .55c (inc GST)

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