LENT is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday)
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
Fasting binds all persons who have completed their 18th birthday through those who have completed their 59th year,
unless prevented by poor health. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to one's own needs.
Eating between meals is not allowed although fluids may be taken.
Abstinence binds all persons who have completed their 14th birthday, unless prevented by poor health. On days of abstinence, the consumption of meat is
The Church strongly encourages this observance of Friday abstinence, but failure to do so is not regarded as sinful.
LENT is a penitential season of the Church year and as such, religious practices such as attendance at daily Mass,
reception of the Sacrament of Penance, the devotion of the
Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.
The Church commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his
public ministry of preaching for repentance. Six Sundays are within the season; the last, Passion Sunday,
marks the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Thursday begins the Triduum (three days) before Easter day,
which includes Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Catholics should prepare for the liturgical commemorative feasts of the Passion, Resurrection, and Easter Day
by devoting time to prayer, fasting, and the giving of alms.
Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil.
As we begin the discipline of Lent,
make this day holy by our self-denial.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Almighty and everlasting God, you despise nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
PENTECOST is a great Feast Day which concludes the Easter Season in the Roman Catholic Church. It is the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The biblical narrative of Pentecost is recounted in Acts 2:1-6.
Pentecost 2018 - May 20, 2018
Stations of the Cross
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