During the six weeks (40 days) before Easter we celebrate the liturgical season of Lent. The priest wears purple vestments, and we do not sing or recite the Gloria during Mass. We are called to fasting and abstinence, with dietary restrictions on Fridays, and there are traditional lenten devotions such as Stations of the Cross, that you will see on the parish events calendar.
This year, 2019, our parish has arranged for small prayer groups to gather weekly to read the scriptures and explore the meaning of God’s words in our lives. The program is called Living the Eucharist, and it is never too late to join. Each week we will have meditations provided for our individual prayer and reflection.
Lent 2019 begins on Wednesday, March 6 and concludes with Holy Week: Palm Sunday on April 14, Tenebrae Prayer Service on Wednesday, April 17, the traditional washing of the feet in celebration of the Last Supper at Holy Thursday evening Mass on April 18, then Veneration of the Cross and Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 19, and then our rejoicing begins with Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, April 20, when our catechumens will receive sacraments of initiation, and be welcomed into full participation in the Catholic Church.
On Palm Sunday there will be blessed palm fronds distributed at all Masses, to commemorate the palm fronds laid down on top of the muddy road to honor Jesus as he entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
Because the Mass is a little longer on Palm Sunday and on Easter Sunday, our usual 11:00 a.m Sunday Mass begins at 11:30 on those days.
Why is Lent 40 days? Learn more about it, and get some links to lenten devotions, homilies and information at the Catholic Television blog.