By Fr. Mark Perkins
Engaging in a book study has long been a Lenten tradition for Anglicans, and as we enter into the pre-Lenten season of Gesimatide, many parishes and persons are no doubt considering what book to take on.
Last year, St. Alban's studied Fr. Martin Thornton's excellent The Purple Headed Mountain during Lent. I recorded each lecture, as well as discussion questions for each chapter and handouts on relevant Lenten disciplines such as almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. We also had the privilege one week of hosting Fr. Matthew Dallman, a Thornton scholar and author of the introduction to the latest edition of the book. I strongly recommend this excellent book for Lent, and I hope that the study guide and lectures may prove beneficial to those who take it on.
Fr. Mark Perkins is Curate at St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Oviedo, Florida and Executive Editor of Earth & Altar.