A Lenten Journey
Our Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
These forty days are a time of special grace and mercy from the Lord; a time for conversion and repentance leading to rebirth through the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some important reminders and guidelines for Lent are given below.
- Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat for those who are 14 years of age and older. They are also days of fast (one full meal and two small meals, with nothing eaten between the meals) for adults from 18 to 59 years of age.
- All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for those 14 years of age and older.
- If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily the Resurrection.
- Those who are truly unable to observe the Lenten disciplines of fasting or abstinence due to health or other serious reasons are not bound to observe them. They are, however, urged to observe some other suitable sacrifice on these days of Lenten penance.
- Lent is a most suitable time to receive the forgiveness of sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance or Confession). Personal sacrifices during Lent are a healthy spiritual discipline; they united us more intimately to the sacrifice of Christ. The tradition of “giving up something” for Lent is still encouraged. In addition, one might take on a particular spiritual or charitable practice during Lent.