Invitation to Photography: Illuminating Lent

Welcome to the Abbey Photo Party!

I select a theme and invite you to respond with images.

Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday, that beautiful ritual of acknowledging our earthiness and limitations, and responding to the call to enter deeply into this sacred time of prayer and practice.  This week, go on a photo pilgrimage, holding the start of Lent in your heart, and notice what images are shimmering in the world around you.

(We will return to the Monk Manifesto themes in February)

You can share images you already have which illuminate the theme, but I encourage you also to go for a walk with the theme in mind and see what you discover.

You are also welcome to post photos of any other art you create inspired by the theme.  See what stirs your imagination!

How to participate:

1. Go to the Flickr Group I have created. You need a free Flickr account first.  When you go to the link it will ask you to join the group first before posting.  Share as many as five of your images in response to the theme.

2. Leave a comment below to let us know you have joined the party and what your Flickr profile name is (you must include this to be entered into the drawing).

3. Please post the invitation on your blog or Facebook page and encourage others to come join the party!

On Friday, February 15th– I will draw a name at random from those who participate and the winner will receive a space in one of my Self-Study Online Classes (with a choice from Soul of a Pilgrim, Eyes of the Heart, Water Wind Earth & Fire, Seasons of the Soul, or Lectio Divina)

If you want a meaningful way to move through the Lenten season, consider joining me for  Creative Flourishing in the Desert with Hildegard of Bingen (February 13-March 30, 2013).  Registration will stay open until this Friday.

50 Responses to "Invitation to Photography: Illuminating Lent"

  1. deb pollex says:

    Looking forward to this!


  2. Patricia Lewis says:

    My profile name is patriciajane1965

    Looking forward to being a part of this group!

  3. Julett says:

    Looking forward to using photography again as part of a group on a spiritual journey.
    My profile name is Clare1932.

  4. Kristine says:

    Your invitation is an answer to my prayers. Looking forward with a joyful expectation of the unknown. Thank you, Christine.

  5. Susan Kasper says:

    Love to take photos.

    Profile name – Lily2be

    Thanks for the invite.

  6. Sarah Gundry says:

    Not one for taking photos as a rule, but like a challenge! All part of my New Year's Resolution to discover my creative side.

    (Next year I'll sort the technophobe side! Setting up a Flickr account was tricky!)

    Profile name: Smodaig67

    Been looking at the world with a new heart through the lens of a camera. Thank you.

  7. Candace says:

    I look forward to this journey with you. My flickr profile name is maccandace.

  8. Seamus O'Reilly says:

    Hi, I hope I will be able to participate It should get me out walking more!

    My profile name is Lostshay

  9. Angela says:

    This sounds wonderful. I am looking forward to it. My profile name is spinner4386.

  10. Sandy Hernandez says:

    Excited about journeying together with other photographers. I love pictures! My flickr name is rainbowsan46

  11. Pat says:

    I love to photograph… looking forward to this journey.
    My profile name is PatChaloux.

  12. Barbara Fox says:

    I am looking forward to sharing images that have touched our hearts and the insights that leads to. My profile name is: BFox1111.

  13. Robyn says:

    I'm in. I love my camera and what a perfect way to use it. my profile name is Robyn[of course]

  14. thriftycrafter says:

    Hoping to keep up with this, a new project for lent

  15. Linda says:

    This is a stretch for me, but I'm really looking forward to it!

    My profile name is lindammarie

  16. Claudia says:

    My screen name is sanjuan12302

    The heart shape in the sand of a holy water bowl brings me into the deeper meaning of Lent, and God's love…

  17. st.james says:

    flickr grp member 'st.jms'
    anticipating this journey… ty Christine

  18. Debbie Headley says:

    I love the Photo parties! I am Debbie Peace.

  19. Madonnarose2013 says:

    What a great idea! Love to look and pictures and share photos.

  20. Annie Wright says:

    A photo party? What a great idea!! I've just posted a few photos on Flickr where my name is Profoundly Superficial.

  21. Vicki J Carlson says:

    Have join the photo invitation for Lent

  22. Carolyn Sargent says:

    Love. I have uploaded two photos; my profile name is carolyn351

  23. Shari Miller says:

    My flickr name is 'grateful365'. I've also decided to do a Lenten photo a day project that was an idea I got through Rethink Church of the UMC. I have a passion for photography – for finding beauty that was previously unseen or unexpected…

    Peace & blessings to all.

  24. susanna says:

    susannas_photos Flickr name … loving learning the click of the camera … looking forward to the "fun" of "Lent" I'm going to focus on skies and light!

  25. Stephanie says:

    I am joining! I recently found your website and blog via a Catholic journal and am excited to begin learning with others. My flickr is gratia_plena .

    I am not much of a photographer, but will enjoy sharing what I am able to catch and have already seen some of the phenomenal images others have shared. Amazing talents and such diversity in our world!

    Thank you,

  26. Beverly says:

    So nice to be invited to share photography that illumines my journey. I look forward to the doves that begin nest building during Lent as they start a new journey too.

  27. Beverly says:

    My flickr name is spiritart4u. Love the photo connection

  28. My flicker name is lexleonard2.

    My blogpost that accompanies these photos is at this address:

    Love this project. :)

  29. Kyle says:

    I really enjoy the photo parties! I see spirit in images better than words. My photo is of seeds ready to spring to the life they were destined to live.

    flicker name – meanderingjourney

  30. Julie says:

    Just joined Flickr as I am very excited about Illuminating Lent Photo Party. Thanks so much for this!

  31. Julie says:

    I forgot to add my Flickr name. It is Valued Daughter of the King

  32. Kim Male says:


    I just joined Flickr. My Flickr name is angeldaisies.

    Thank you

  33. I'm Swingdancerken on Flickr, also

  34. Trudy says:

    Just joined flicker. Flicker name is Trudy G

  35. Nancy Flowers says:

    Maybe submitted twice—computer hick-up
    Photos uploaded and Flickr name is flowerslady.

  36. Claire says:

    i'm bloomsburygirl28 on flickr :)
    is the theme no. 1 of the manifesto silence and solitude?
    or has another theme been posted… if so, i can't see it… sorry :(

  37. Jason Jones says:

    I just added two photos, and my Flickr name is Solsoryh. Thanks!

  38. Amy Crawley says:

    Added one photo to the Flickr Group. My Flickr name is Amy Crawley

  39. Posted my photos! Deborah Hansen 323

  40. Nancy Carmichael says:

    My first try at this. I love seeing all of the photos. Flickr name Lilfiddler00

    Nancy Carmichael

  41. Judy says:

    I just added two photo's. My Flickr name is 'Chica Flamenca'.

  42. vilma says:

    My flickr name vilmaca.

    I just added two photos

  43. thriftycrafter says:

    Not sure where to find the themes, but I'd like to join in, thriftycrafter

  44. Caryn Blanton says:

    I just joined this morning…my flickr name: caryn516

  45. Just signed up for group

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