The Forty Days of Lent 2014

On the Lord's Prayer
 

And Lead us not into temptation

 

Liturgical Year A

 

The liturgical year is the "calendar" of the Church. The Church year begins with the first Sunday of Advent and concludes with the Feast of Christ the King. The liturgical year includes the cycle of readings (A, B, or C) that allows us to reflect on the mysteries of Christ, the Blessed Mother, and the angels and saints. These readings are used for Mass, the Divine Office, and other forms of Catholic public worship.

Liturgical Calendar (2000-2019)

Year

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Sunday Cycle

B

C

A

B

C

A

B

C

A

B

Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Sunday Cycle

C

A

B

C

A

B

C

A

B

C

 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, we will enter one of the most important seasons of the church year: the “40 days” of Lent. The word “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, or spring, the time of year when the days begin to lengthen. Lent itself is always the same period of time, but its starting date is tied to the movable feast of Easter and can be as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

Lent is one of the most important seasons of the church year because it is a time of penitence, an introspective period during which we take stock of our lives and our relationships to discover and change what we must to prepare for Easter and experience the spiritual renewal that comes when we engage in this type of “making right” activity. So, during Lent we each follow the example of Jesus by sacrificing our own will to the purpose of God.

Starting on Ash Wednesday, the Lenten season includes 40 weekdays and five Sundays before Holy Week and the culminating triumph of the Resurrection at Easter.


Please click on dates mentioned below for further information

2014

Wednesday, March 5

Ash Wednesday

Sunday, March 9

First Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 16

Second Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 23 Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 30

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, April 6

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, April 13

Palm (Passion) Sunday

Thursday, April 17

Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday)

Friday, April 18

Great Friday, Holy Friday

Saturday, April 19

Holy Saturday

Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday

Monday, April 21

Easter Monday

 


Prayers for Lenten Days

 

         Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23, 24

Loving Lord!

Thank You for bringing me into these days of introspection. I take this time to analyse my ways and meditate upon the ultimate sacrifices You have made for me, a grant sinner.

Lord! There were times when I had been so mean to others and when I had lost my patience and integrity. There were times when I had lost faith in You when I had been unfaithful to You without even acknowledging Your sacrificial love for me. Please forgive me for all the sins I have committed against You as well as my fellow-men.

Let me regain the spiritual values I have lost and restore in me the original first love for You. I rededicate myself at Your feet Lord! Search me and fill me with Your divine presence so that my life can reflect the Gospel. Let this Lenten season be a time of restoration and the means for renewed direction and perspective. Please guide me and make me a channel of blessing to others. Thank You for helping me to reflect Your love and sacrifice. In Jesus' name, I pray.
Amen.

         Father of light, in you is found no shadow of change but only the fullness of life and limitless truth. Open our hearts to the voice of your Word and free us from the original darkness that shadows our vision. Restore our sight that we may look upon your Son who calls us to repentance and a change of heart, for He lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.
Amen.

         Father, you have taught us to overcome our sins by prayer, fasting and works of   mercy. When we are discouraged by our weakness, give us confidence in your love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

         God of times and seasons, you have brought us again to Lent for the study of Your Word, for the remembrance of the temptation of Your Son, and for the contemplation of His Cross. The birds know their seasons; forbid that we be blind to our times. Grant us a Lenten blessing, and may no one miss this time of growth. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

    

 

What Happened on the Cross
 by John Damascene (c. 675-749) 

 

 

By nothing else except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ has death been brought low:

    The sin of our first parent destroyed,
    hell plundered,
    resurrection bestowed,

    the power given us to despise the things of this world,
    even death itself,
    the road back to the former blessedness made smooth,
    the gates of paradise opened, 
    our nature nature seated at the right hand of God,
    and we made children and heirs of God.

By the cross all these things have been set aright...

    It is a seal that the destroyer may not strike us,
    a raising up of those who lie fallen,
    a support for those who stand,
    a staff for the infirm,
    a crook for the shepherded,
    a guide for the wandering,
    a perfecting of the advanced,
    salvation for soul and body,
    a deflector of all evils,
    a cause of all goods,
    a destruction of sin,
    a plant of resurrection,
    and a tree of eternal life.

     


 

The Seven Last Words

 

Perhaps you have heard the phrase: "The Seven Last Words of Christ."
This really refers to the last seven sentences Christ spoke as he hung from the cross.
They are:

1.   "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
2.   "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani" ("My God, my God, why have you forsakenme?)" (Matthew 27:46)
3.   He said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27)
4.   "I thirst!" (John 19:28)
5.   "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
6.   "It is finished!" (John 19:30)
7.   "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." (Luke 23:46)

 

Easter Blessings

 
 
 
The Empty Tomb

When they went to see the tomb
That blessed Easter day
They found the tomb was empty
And the stone was rolled away
For Jesus Christ had risen
Defeating death and sin
So won't you open up your heart
And ask the Saviour in

 




 

-- He Is Risen --

The angel said to the women,
"Do not be afraid,
for I know that you are looking for Jesus,
who was crucified. He is not here;
He has risen, just as He said."

 

 

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