Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent

Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent

Every journey needs a guide - and what better guide to the 40 days of Lent than the beloved poet, Mary Oliver?

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver is widely celebrated as an accessible, insightful observer of the natural world, the life of faith, and the wondrous interplay between the two.  Imagine a six-week journey with Oliver at your side, illuminating ancient passages of scripture; provoking bite-sized meditations on key Lenten themes; and pointing toward everyday practices for individuals, families, and congregations.

Introducing "Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent," a modern devotional beautifully designed to evoke the season’s deeper meanings and mysteries. Each week pairs scripture with poems, meditations, and everyday practices - all illustrated with lovely artwork from the fantastic folks at Bloomart Studio (check out the art in the sneak peak below!).

Progressive Lenten Resources

What’s more, "Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent" includes an editable page on which you can enter your church’s name, upcoming worship services, and other special events before printing.  The result is a devotional that looks and feels like an organic part of the life of your congregation.

As always, this resource can stand alone, or it can be used in tandem with SALT’s new suite of hand-illustrated clip art for Lent (for bulletins or screens), and/or with SALT’s new Lent Customizable Short Film featuring both the art and Mary Oliver’s poetry.  Use these resources together for a winsome, seamlessly integrated approach to Lent this season.

As always, let us know what you think of this year's Lenten suite of resources - we'd love to hear what's been most helpful, and what would be even more helpful in the future!

Peace and poetry,

The SALT Team

p.s. We just wanted to let everyone know that each poem referenced and excerpted in the devotional can be found online or in Oliver's new book, Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver.  If you decide to purchase Devotions, please consider doing so by clicking the link to the left.  This is an Amazon affiliate link, which means SALT will earn a small commission on any purchase that originates here.  You'll pay the same price, of course; the only difference will be that some of the money will go to SALT instead of to Amazon.  It's a win-win for everyone :)