One of the great joys of Lent for me is The Lent Prose. I first heard it when I went to a very High Anglican Church at University and ever since then, Lent just doesn’t feel “right” unless we sing it every Sunday! It’s words are a striking challenge: “Hear us O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have sinned against thee.” It focuses us outwards, acknowledging our weakness and need of a power greater than ourselves. The stress is less on introspection and more on simply asking God for grace. It creates what I can best describe as a “mood” of penitence with which I can engage.
Mood is an under-rated aspect of spirituality. Too often we present spirituality as words or thoughts. Or as imaginings. Creating a mood uses our sub-conscious which can affect us more deeply than words or pictures. Mood can be created by place, music, vision or smell. It is part of a holistic spirituality, embracing the totality of our being – body mind and spirit. Perhaps we can get in the mood for receiving Divine grace today if we listen to the mood music of Christian liturgy in Lent?