Lent

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday

Colours

Lent uses violet or purple to mark this season of penance and renewal. The colour rose may be used on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday, as an anticipation of the joy of Easter. Red is used when we celebrate the passion of Jesus on Passion Sunday.

 Resources for Lent 2019                                      

  1. Journeying through Lent

There is a Prayer Booklet for each person to use during Lent. Each day invites us to pray for a different gift, e.g. opening our hearts, standing in solidarity with those who are suffering, becoming people of compassion, listening to God’s word of life….. The elements of the days are built around a reflection, an invitation and a moment of prayer.

  • Available in your local church from Sunday March 3rd in preparation for Ash Wednesday March 6th – pray with it at home, at work, in your classroom.
  • Available online to download onto your phone or tablet.
  • LENTEN BOOKLET 2019 – Web Click here for a glimpse
  1. Trócaire Lenten Resources

The focus during Lent this year is Land Rights. In our world today, one quarter of families are landless. Losing land often means a loss of independence and leads to poverty. Land is more than a piece of arable ground. It is the means to feed a family and make a living. It is a place to build a home and a family, to have security and to look to the future. In many places, communities have a spiritual and sacred connection to their land. Across the countries where Trócaire works, people who depend on land to make a living do not own or control their land.

  • Use the Blessing of the Land as a moment as a family to give thanks to God for the home you have….and to stand in solidarity with those whose homes and lands are threatened
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross as a community, as small groups, as individuals – pray for and with the people of Guatemala, Uganda and Syria as they live with many difficulties
  • Adapt the Stations of the Cross for your use e.g. you may wish to focus on either Maya from Syria, Maria from Guatemala or Patricia from Uganda….there are more resources available on the Trócaire website

Trócaire was established by the Catholic Church in 1973 as a way for Irish people to donate to development and emergency relief overseas. Their dual mandate is to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. Trócaire works with local and church partners to support communities in over 20 developing countries with a focus on food and resource rights, women’s empowerment and humanitarian response.     https://www.trocaire.org/resources/parishes/lent

  1. Family Resource for Lent – Opening our Hearts to God

This little booklet offers you novel ways to connect with the Lenten journey as a family. Each week of Lent there are two ideas that you might like to do as a family. Take home this booklet from your parish or download it here Opening our Hearts Lent 2019.

  1. Lenten Programme 2019

From the first days of Lent until the final week, there are different talks or initiatives taking place throughout the diocese. These are an opportunity to hear a fresh thought on faith or hear a different perspective on what it means to follow Christ today. Draw people’s attention to these opportunities. Lenten Brochure 2019

  1. Focal Space

Try to keep any focal space very simple. It must not distract us from the main foci in the church – altar, lectern, tabernacle.

Lent as a season invites us to come back to God, to hear again the way that is life-giving, life-affirming, that is worthy of us as God’s daughter and sons. We must allow our hearts and minds and hands to be stretched beyond our comfort zones, in greater awareness of God and of our sisters and brothers throughout the world. Lent is about increasing our heart space and growing our capacity to love God and others, As the weeks of Lent unfold, our outward behaviour belies a greater attunement to what God wants of us.

Somewhere in the focal space, remind people that the practices of prayer, almsgiving and fasting are at the heart of our Lenten journey. One way of doing this might be to create a heart-shape which increases during the weeks of Lent, indicating that our practices are so that we might become more loving. A string could be attached from each of the words, Prayer, Almsgiving, Fasting to the heart-shape ….so that it is clear that these are the practices that enlarge our heart’s love.

Or you might like to create a desert space in which you bury a phrase from the Gospel e.g.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.               John 3:16

Gradually over the weeks of Lent, clear the sand or take the stones with which you covered the phrase away, so that the phrase becomes apparent. In this way, we symbolise that our Lenten practices enable us to see more clearly what God is at in the world.

Place the Prayer Booklet and Family Resource in the space so that people can avail of them.

 Other resources for Lent

CLICK HERE for Images and reflections for Newsletters

CLICK HERE for Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

CLICK HERE for Communal Reconciliation Service

CLICK HERE for Penitential Service

CLICK HERE for Ash Wednesday Prayer Card

Lenten thoughts for Newsletters – Year C

CLICK HERE for Palm Sunday

CLICK HERE for Holy Thursday Ceremony

CLICK HERE for Good Friday Ceremony