Lent begins! The word ‘lent’ is from an old English word that means ‘lengthen’. It refers to the lengthening of days that signals that spring is coming. As nature begins to come alive around us, we are called to come alive in our faith.
This season of grace will last six weeks and will lead us to the solemn celebration of the holiest days of our Church Year which are celebrated during Holy Week. During the weeks of Lent, we do not sing the Gloria at Mass and we do not sing the Alleluia before the Gospel. It’s as if we ‘fast’ from these beautiful parts of the Mass in order to be able to sing them with renewed energy at Easter.
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are encouraged during Lent as ways of strengthening our discipleship. These disciplines can take many forms in our life, but ultimately, they are meant to help us respond to the invitation we received on Ash Wednesday to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” Prayer, fasting and almsgiving call us to turn away from our innate selfishness and become always more selfless in imitation of Jesus.
Each Sunday of Lent we will have extended hours for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our Adoration Chapel. Our parish Adoration Committee has suggested a special theme for our prayer each Sunday of Lent. Please join other parishioners in prayer during Lent, bringing the needs of the Church and the world before the Lord who has promised to hear the prayers of the humble.
Also, each Sunday of Lent there is a special collection assigned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to help meet a particular need in different parts of the world. Contributing to the special collections is one way to practice almsgiving during Lent.
Christ the King School has introduced a Lenten project to help families live the spirit of Lent each day during the forty days of Lent. Families are invited to pray together each day, and children are invited to choose a project for each day of Lent. Copies of this Lenten initiative are available in the vestibule.
Finally, please remember that the Stations of the Cross are celebrated in church each Friday of Lent at 6:00 pm.
See you at Mass!