The Season of Lent
Lent, which begins Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday (February 14 - March 28, 2024), is a period of spiritual renewal that helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ—that is, his Passion, death and resurrection.
The three pillars of the Lenten season are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. By spending time in prayer and in reflection on the Scriptures, through penance and through giving up (sacrificial acts) and giving to others (charitable acts), we look to experience a spiritual reawakening that brings us closer to Christ.
Lent's origins can be traced in part to a short period of fasting and prayer undergone by catechumens / elect, who are preparing for full initiation into the Church at Easter through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. The season is a reminder of the great gift of baptism, both the salvation it offers, as well as the challenge that comes with it. As Pope Francis expressed in his Lenten message, we must "imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty."
You will find some resources below to help you in your Lenten journey. Click on any of the lines.
Faith Sharing, Retreats & Scripture Study
Prayer Opportunities & Reflections
• Eucharistic Revival Prayer Companions for the Lenten Season & Sacred Triduum
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Stations of the Cross
About the Season of Lent
Pope Francis's Lenten Messages (Vatican website)