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Keeping Lent and Easter

Author Leigh Hatts
Publisher DLT £9.99
Format pbk
ISBN 9780232533378

Subtitled, ‘Discovering the rhythms and riches of the Christian seasons’, this is a very well researched book about the traditions that surround the key events from Lent to Easter. From Pancakes to the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday, the practices and ceremonies that have developed to show the truths of the Gospel are painstakingly documented. I consider this would be a most useful book for ministers who take Primary school assemblies, especially in Church schools. It links the ceremonies and rituals to the biblical stories of Holy Week and beyond in a way that will be very helpful if you are preparing a sermon or some liturgy or fresh expression. The author has been able to explain the meaning and origin of some of the church’s most obscure ideas. One of the strengths of this book is that it does not just talk about British traditions but explains international ones as well. It also contains suggestions for suitable hymns and prayers to match the seasons. This is an invaluable reference book to be consulted and drawn upon.

Reviewed by CAVAN WOOD

Lenten devotion