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Seasonal Resources


Every year, the Diocese of Blackburn produce a daily devotional resource for the seasons of Advent and Lent, containing reflections from clergy and laity around the diocese. Available as printed booklets, a downloadable PDF and on our new disicpleship app, Fruitful, the daily devotionals are designed to help churches and individuals throughout the diocese know the Scriptures better and equip them to live as disciples of Jesus.

Lent 2024

This year, our Lent Devotional booklets ‘Journey to Freedom’ will walk us through Exodus. Bishop Philip writes in the preface: 

“Has a greater story ever been told? Exodus has all the ingredients. A flawed hero in Moses. An arch-baddie in Pharaoh. The appalling injustice of slavery. The vivid horrors of the plagues. The jeopardy of a last minute escape. The hyper-real psycho-drama of the wilderness. The promise of a glorious freedom. What more could you want? Well there’s much more! 

A4 & A5 copies of the Devotional booklets are currently being distributed to parishes throughout the diocese.

Click here to view or download a digital copy of ‘Journey to Freedom’.

The daily devotionals, along with Bishop Philip's five-week video based Lent course will be featured on our new Discipleship App. Watch this space for more details

If you have any questions, please get in touch at

Previous Seasonal Devotionals

Advent 2023 

'Revealing Jesus' in print, online 

In the introduction to the Advent devotional 'Revealing Jesus', exploring the Book of Revelation, the Revd Dr Ian Paul writes

Whenever we open the Bible, we are (in Augustine’s words) reading a love letter from home. But this home of ours is another country, so we are also at the same time going on a cross-cultural adventure. The Bible was written in another language, by people from another time and place, with different habits, cultures, and expectations from us. This is especially so with the Book of Revelation, which is ‘strange’ to us in all sorts of ways. So we need to be curious as we embark on this adventure, ready to learn of its strange ways, and open to hearing what God might say to us on the journey."

Click here to view or download a digital copy of ‘Revealing Jesus’.

Lent 2023

'That You May Know The Truth' in print, online

In the introduction to the 2023 Lent devotional, 'That you may know the Truth', Rev Canon Professor Jenn Strawbridge, Canon Theologian at Blackburn Cathedral, writes, 

"This Lenten season we are invited, through Luke’s gospel, to know the truth of Jesus Christ. We are called to walk with Him to and through the cross.... This Lent, may we be strengthened in our identity as lovers of God and may we not only know, but embody and proclaim His truth in our daily lives."

Click here to view or download a digital copy of 'That you may know the Truth'

Advent 2022

‘Watching in Hope’ in print, online

"Watching in Hope" focuses on the prophecies of Micah and Malachi. The following is an extract from the Foreward, written by The Revd Dr Graham Rutter, Centre Lead at Emmanuel Theological College:

"Advent is traditionally a season of preparation, of watching in hope. This includes reflecting on the events recorded in the Old Testament, which led up to Jesus’ birth. Two of the most significant events were the Exodus and the Exile. In the Exodus, God, through Moses, leads His chosen people out of slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land. In the Exile, God’s people are taken away from the Promised Land due to their failure over hundreds of years to respond to God’s promises.

"This Advent we are focusing on two of the many prophets that God sent. Prophets are people given specific messages by God to pass on to His people. Many, like Micah, were sent to warn God’s people before the Exile. Others, like Malachi, were sent to help make sense of the Exile and later return..."

Click here to view or download a digital copy of Watching in Hope.

Lent 2022

‘Signs of Life’ in print, online

The 2022 Lent Devotional is based on the Gospel of John entitled ‘Signs of Life’; with daily contributions from clergy and laity from across the Diocese. 

In the introduction, Amy White, Lay Training Officer in the Growing Leaders Team at the Diocesan Offices writes: "It has been said that the Gospel of John is ‘a book in which a child may paddle but an elephant can swim deep.’ Whether you consider yourself a child, an elephant, or something in between, the Gospel of John is a place where you can paddle or swim in rivers of living water. 

"This Gospel is often given to people who are new to following Christ, as they seek to learn more about who He is and what He has done. But it has also been studied by great theological minds over the centuries and its depths have never been fully plumbed. Whoever you are, wherever you’ve come from, and however much of a journey you have walked with Jesus, this Gospel has something to say to you."

Advent 2021

'After God's Own Heart'

The season of Advent encourages us to watch and wait for the coming of King Jesus. Throughout the Bible the hope of God’s coming King (Messiah) came to be inextricably linked with the name David. God’s future king would be from David’s house, a son of David. David became the yard stick against which all future kings were measured. The prophets even spoke of the coming Messiah simply as David, their king.” As we sing the wonderful advent hymn, “O come o come Emmanuel” the name of David will also resound from our lips, “O Root of Jesse … O Key of David …”.

But who is David? Why should his name be attached to such great promises of hope? And how can his story help us to follow Christ today?

This Advent why not delve into God’s Word with the help of clergy from across the Diocese and find our more about King David the man “after his own heart”?

Click here to read and/or download the booklet

Lent 2021

Read Mark and Learn

Written by clergy and lay-people from across the Diocese, we travel through Lent with Mark's Gospel.

After the success of the Advent Devotional where 5000 copies were distributed across the Diocese, we are launching a similar resource to take us through Lent entitled ‘Read, Mark, and Learn’. Our focus this time will be on Mark’s Gospel and will take in every verse, with contributions from both clergy and lay-people.

With the drama of the narrative, brought to life so powerfully by the
‘Mark Drama’ staged in the Cathedral a year ago, highly selective in
the events he leaves out, Mark gives us vivid details about the events
he does include, details left out by Matthew and Luke.

click here to read/download the booklet

Advent 2020

'A Child Shall Lead Them'

“The celebration of advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Whatever we make of Bonhoeffer’s statement, without a doubt, 2020 has left pretty much all of us longing for better times ahead. Now we may be thinking of a post-COVID day, but that day (wonderful as it will be) pales in comparison to the ‘something greater’ that the Bible refers to.

‘A Child Shall Lead Them’ is our new Diocesan Advent daily readings resource, which explores the season through the eyes of Isaiah, writing to the people of Israel who for many years had been in forced exile from their homeland. In his prophecy, at last, Isaiah brings a word of hope to this despondent and disheartened people. It’s a promise of God’s servant who will come to bring justice to the world, and into the darkness of exile, light.

Our prayer this advent is that amidst the challenges we face, we too would know the certainty of God’s promise fulfilled in Jesus, the Messiah, and respond to His call to be those hope-filled people, who will bring light and life to a hurting world – that we would be led by the Christ-child as we prepare for His coming.

Click here to read/download the booklet





Ronnie Semley, November 2020 and regularly updated; last time by Stephanie Rankin February 2024


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