The Essential Lenten Handbook: A Daily Companion

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  • The Essential Lenten Handbook: A Daily Companion
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Lent, preparation for Easter, and the Stations of the Cross 
  • Features traditional and modern Lenten prayers and daily meditations
  • Perfect for use as a family or as an individual

The Essential Lenten Handbook provides everything readers need for a richer experience of the forty days before Easter. Whether one wishes to follow a traditional program of Lenten devotions centered around prayer, a "modern" program that focuses on Scripture readings, a family model that brings loved ones together for a shared spiritual journey, or a unique devotional program, this all-in-one resource is an invaluable reference and the quintessential compact guidebook to all of the basic Lenten practices of Catholicism. 

The Essential Lenten Handbook covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • A short history of Lent
  • Traditional Lenten hymns
  • The penitential nature of Lent
  • Prayers of confession and reconciliation
  • Stations of the Cross
  • A Rule of Life for Lent
  • Lenten prayers to Christ and the Blessed Mother
  • Daily meditations for cycles A, B, and C
  • A glossary of Lenten terms
  • ...and much more!

Perfect for Catholic families, returnees in need of a refresher course, converts learning about the Catholic faith, seekers looking to recharge their lives, and people who are searching for a helping hand through the Lenten season.


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  • 5 Mar 8th 2015
    The Essential Lenten Handbook

    What a wonderful resource to aid in my Lenten journey! I gave a copy to the RCIA candidate I'm blessed to sponsor and she's enjoying it too. I have even recommended this book be given as a resource for upcoming RCIA sessions. I love it!!!!

    Robin Fischer

  • 5 Mar 13th 2012
    Fits into a busy day

    Readings are perfect to fit in on a busy day. Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Well Written


  • 5 Feb 28th 2012
    A must read for Lent

    a great help during Lent.


  • 5 Feb 27th 2012
    I would buy this book again and again

    It is just so informative and well written. I have enjoyed reading some of this book every day while preparing for Lent. Now I love that all 3 daily postings for Lent are in this book. I am very happy with it. Best Uses: Older Readers, Reference, Special Needs; Cons: none; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written

    Ninny(from my grandchildren)

  • 4 Feb 21st 2012
    good content variety

    I like the variety of ways to use this Lenten handbook. This handbook was conceived with that end in mind and gives explanation of different prayerful avenues in which to enrich your lenten spiritual journey. Prayers contained therein.....some modern and some old.....good resource.


  • 5 Feb 19th 2012
    The Essential Lenten Handbook

    The above should explain it fully...Essential!

    Ces the Framer

  • 5 Feb 16th 2012
    Great for all in your family!

    This book is fantastic for getting ready for Lent and learning more about older practices as well as including your family in devotions during Lent. I highly recommend!! Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written


  • 5 Feb 16th 2012
    This book is really ESSENTIAL

    Bought as a gift for my daughter. she loves it and this gem has her looking at Lent in a new way.

    catholic convert

  • 5 Mar 24th 2011
    Excellent Lenten Handbook

    This is an excellent resource for Lent. By using this handbook the Lenten journey can be enriched, preparing us for the Easter miracle. Best Uses: Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written


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