Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
How do we enter into Lent with the Lord? Here are some ideas to prepare your heart for Easter:
- Try going to Daily Mass a few times if you don’t typically go to mass other than Sunday. Daily mass times at the Cathedral include Mondays @ 5:30pm and Tuesday- Saturday @ 7:30am.
- Choose a daily Lenten Devotional – See our website for prayer resources and ideas:
- Think of a daily Penance to do during Advent (No coffee, No eating out, No TV, only religious Music…etc)
- Consider doing a Holy Hour each week. Adoration is on Thursdays @ Cathedral 8am-6pm
- Find more time in silence and meditative prayer, just “being” with the Lord.
- Join us for Stations of the Cross on Fridays @ 7:00pm in the Cathedral. Soup Supper @ 6pm in the Cathedral School Cafeteria
- Create a Lenten Calendar to display in your home and create a prayer space
- Pick up a RICE Bowl to collect money for the poor and needy. Visit www.crsricebowl.org
Fasting and Abstinence
Lenten Prayer Practices
Stations of the Cross
Seven Sorrows Rosary
Resources for Families
Additional Resources from the Archdiocese