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ECC’s Board of Christian Education is offering a Lenten Devotional from the non-profit SALT.

From the gray of Ash Wednesday to the brilliant dawn of Easter Sunday, the season of Lent is a journey through color. And so what better guides to this journey than the words of Scripture and the art of Henri Matisse, one of the most daring, influential artists in modern history?

In this devotional full of Scripture, art, and weekly practices, you can walk alongside Matisse from his childhood in northern France to what he called his “masterpiece,” the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence.

He once said he liked to pray with a pencil: “At the moment I go every morning to say my prayers, pencil in hand; I stand in front of a pomegranate tree covered in blossom, each flower at a different stage, and I watch their transformation… filled with admiration for the work of God. Is this not a way of praying?”

So grab a pencil (or a paintbrush!), your favorite Bible, and a decent internet connection (all the paintings referenced here can be found online, and our purchase comes with a companion “Link Sheet” pdf for guidance). Week by week, you’ll travel through the colors of Lent – all the way to the beautiful, joyful dawn of Easter morning.

Email Lee Carman at to receive an electronic copy. Paper copies of the devotional will be available in both the Narthex and the Social Room starting on Ash Wednesday. You’ll need to connect to the internet in order to view the works of art.