LENT: Lent is a time for preparation for the celebration of Easter. The Liturgy prepares the catechumens for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery by the various stages of Christian initiation; as well as the faithful, who recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for Easter.
Lent is the penitential season of approximately 40 days set aside by the Church in order for the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the Lord's Passion, Death and Resurrection. Works of penance include prayer, fasting and alms giving. (1)
During Lent,the faithful willingly submit to fasting and self-denial in imitation of Our Lord's forty-day fast in the desert. It is in these dark and still nights, these desert times, that the soul experiences its greatest growth. There, in the inner arena, the soul battles the world, the flesh and the devil just as the Lord battled Satan's triple temptation in the desert. His battle was external, for Jesus could not sin; our battle is interior, but with a hope sustained by the knowledge of Christ's Easter victory over sin and death. His victory is our renewal, our "spring" - which is the meaning of the Anglo-Saxon word, "lengten" or Lent. In this penitential season we have the opportunity to make an annual spiritual "tune-up", a 40-day retreat with Our Lord. (2)
[Ref. (1) Ordo, 2019-2020, pg29; (2) CatholicCulture.org ]
Season of Lent - 40 weekdays (from Ash Wednesday on 26 February, to Holy Thursday on 9 April).
3 April 2020, Friday, 5th Week of Lent; Lit Colour: Purple.
“If a man wants to be always in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read spiritual books regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.”
- St. Isidore of Seville (from "Goodreads")
31 March 2020, Tuesday, 5th Week of Lent; Lit Colour: Purple.
"Be converted, then, with a sincere heart. Live your life that you may receive the blessing of the Lord. Then the peace of God our Father will be with you always."
- St. Francis of Paola (from "Steubenville")
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30 March 2020, Monday, 5th Week of Lent; Lit Colour: Purple.
1 April 2020, Wednesday, 5th Week of Lent; Lit Colour: Purple.