Dust and Glory encourages us to take a fresh look at the frustrations and failings that every day brings and, rather than pretending we can always avoid them, seek to learn from them and grow closer to God through them.
Archbishops of Canterbury and York
Dust and Glory webinar, Wednesday 25 January, 2pm: Recording available
Hear more about the Dust and Glory theme and everything that is available to support you and your church as you get ready for Lent.
Learn about the Dust and Glory daily reflections – with versions available for both adults and children – and planned video content for young people through our partnership with The Way UK.
Get tips for inviting your community to church this Lent and Easter using websites and social media and see what resources are available on the AChurchNearYou.com Resource Hub.
The Archbishops’ Lent Book and Course
Dust and Glory: A Lent journey of faith, failure and forgiveness is the Church of England’s Lent theme for 2023. This year’s resources are informed and inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2023 Lent Book, Failure: What Jesus said about sin, mistakes and messing stuff up (SPCK) by Bishop Emma Ineson, who has also co-written the daily reflections booklet for adults (CHP).
There will be free online support for groups studying the book – including in-depth video interviews with the Archbishop of Canterbury and others exploring the themes of each of the chapters.
The book will also be the 2023 Big Church Read for Lent.
Daily reflections – booklets, app, audio
As in recent years, the weekly themes of the Archbishop’s Lent Book are also explored in daily reflections from the Church of England.
Dust and Glory: A Lent Journey of faith, failure and forgiveness offers a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a practical challenge, as well as a prayer linked to the week’s theme. Co-written by Bishop Emma Ineson and Abbie Martin, the booklet is designed to be used either in parallel with the Lent Book or independently.
An accompanying children’s version is also available to help children and their families explore how we can live well together, offering a simple daily activity designed to explore the weekly themes.
Both the booklets for adults and children are available to order now from Church House Publishing – individually or in money-saving packs of 10 or 50 copies.
The book and booklets will be accompanied by daily #DustAndGlory social media posts from Ash Wednesday (22 February) to Easter Day (9 April), together with a wide range of free digital resources for individuals, groups and churches.
An update to the award-winning Church of England campaigns app for iOS and Android – including daily audio – will be available in mid-February. Anyone who has the Church of England’s #FollowTheStar app installed will automatically get the Lent update.
The reflections will also be available via email and also via the Church of England’s smart speaker apps – as well as on the free Daily Hope phone line (0800 804 8044).