Ash Wednesday begins the Holy Season of Lent. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence. Additionally, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. The norms for fasting apply to those Catholics age 18 – 59 with proper physical ability to fast. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to one full meal. The norms for abstinence from meat apply to those Catholics that are 14 years of age and older.
It is also recommended that during the Holy Season of Lent, practices of Penance or Sacrifice should be undertaken. These practices should challenge us in ways of self-discipline and charity as we seek to turn away from sin and surrender our lives to follow Christ more closely. Prayerfully discern our Lord’s unique and personal call to holiness this Lenten Season.
Friday evenings during Lent, beginning with a short Lenten reflection.
Also known as the Way of the Cross, the Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion. Brought to Europe by the Franciscans, they represent spots where pilgrims to Jerusalem stop to pray while retracing the steps of Christ. Since the Middle Ages, European Catholics who could not go to Jerusalem have walked indoor or outdoor paths marked with carvings or images depicting the sites, praying just as their brother and sister pilgrims did in the Holy Land.
May God bless you as you prepare to enter into the Paschal Mystery of our Lord’s Passion and Death so to celebrate more fully His Glorious Resurrection this Easter!