Although Circles of Thorns was not written as a Lent book, it has ended up being published as the Mowbrays Lent book for 2009, and the five “circles” of the book’s examination of Christ Mocked by Hieronymus Bosch can be easily applied to the five weeks of Lent.
In case there is anyone who is interested in keeping the “observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word” (in the words of the Ash Wednesday service of the Church of England), and would like to do so using the structure of Circles of Thorns, I will attach a series of thoughts, readings, meditations and questions. A new set will appear each Wednesday in Lent.
A PDF can also be downloaded for easier printing and later reference. Podcasts (audio files) of the Sunday evening sermons and the Tuesday lunchtime Lent lectures will also appear the day (DV) after delivery.