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Lent 2021

Lent is a time of preparation for Easter in which we unite our lives to the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. It lasts 40 days, calling to mind the 40 days Christ spent in the desert, the 40 years Moses and the Israelites wandered in the desert, and the 40 hours Christ spent in the tomb. The liturgical color of Lent is violet, symbolizing penance, preparation, and sacrifice. It’s a time to step back from the chaos of our daily lives and refocus ourselves on God.

 

The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

A Message from Archbishop Rozanski

This Lenten season, we are led by the Spirit to take a step back from all the heartbreak and loss in order to focus on transformation. Not just transformation for ourselves but for the entire world. All of God’s Children are hurting and we must let the spirit lead us, just as it led Jesus. We need to reflect on this past year to find a new perspective for our Lenten journey, one that is targeted and well-earnest. Too many times we dwell on the negative but if we instead dwell in the Lord then we can begin restoring our lives by letting the spirit lead us toward the first steps of a transformed world.

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In Lent we’re called to spend more time with God in prayer. Jesus went into the desert to remove distractions and more clearly hear the voice of God. God wants a relationship with us. We’re called to make time in our daily lives to reflect on who God is and what he desires for us.

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Fasting during Lent helps us to create space in our lives to ponder the mysteries of God and it helps us reflect on what Jesus did for us. Jesus suffered and died for us, so by fasting from things we might become attached to, we unite ourselves more closely to Him.

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Simply, this means giving to those in need. This giving may be in the form of money, time, talents, or other resources. These small acts of sacrifice help us to detach from things in our lives, and unite us to those we are serving, and ultimately to Christ himself. Learn more.

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The Call

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the Church invites us to a special call: to repent and believe. In repenting, we turn away from our sins that hold us back from God. We find healing from these sins in the sacrament of reconciliation, which gives us the strength to change habits, to change our lives. In believing, we are called to renew, or to begin for the first time, our belief in the Gospel message: that Jesus, true God and true Man, died and rose for our sins, and offers us the gift of eternal life and the strength we need in everyday life to draw close to him.

We have created a Lenten Journey companion for you to explore all the graces of Lent in your home.

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Lenten Resources

Brian Miller, Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, joins Adam Wright on Covenant Network for the first weekly installment of Led By the Spirit. These weekly segments will help us observe a fruitful Lent. 

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Fish Fry Fridays

Looking for an easy Friday Lenten dinner that supports local parishes? Look no further than your local fish fry. To find a fish fry, click the link below. 

Lenten Fish Fries