Lent

Lent

Our pilgrimage to Jerusalem

Our pilgrimage journey as disciples following Jesus takes us now towards Jerusalem and the Christ’s offering Himself as sacrifice for our sins — the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

The Season of Lent is a period of turning toward God in preparation for Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus. We renew our faith through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Ash Wednesday

Ashes on table
Sprinkling the ashes on the heads of the faithful is the custom in many places around the world.

The Congregation for Divine Worship has adapted the distribution of ashes this year to accommodate pandemic practices. After the ashes are blessed, the priest will enjoin the people to remember that they are dust and to dust they will return, once for the congregation. Then he and the other ministers will distribute the ashes by sprinkling them on the heads of the faithful as they approach individually, without repeating the formula. The ashes are made of burnt palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday service. Those who have been still waiting for last year's palms can finally get them!

Abstinence and Fasting

Abstinence and fasting are acts of penance which should remind us that God is the true source of our nourishment.

Abstinence means refraining from meat and all foods prepared with meat. It is required of those 14 and older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays in Lent unless a serious health issue prevents it.

Fasting is eating only one full meal each day and two smaller meals with no snacks between meals.  Catholics ages 18-59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  We can fast on other days of Lent also and can give up other things or perform acts of prayer, charity or service as Lenten penance.

For more details, click the link below.

View Diocesan Lent Regulations

The Color Purple

During Lent, as in Advent, the Church uses purple in liturgy. The color purple used in vestments and other altar items signifies anticipation, purification and penance.

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Take a virtual tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This YouTube video shows the sites within the church including Golgotha the place of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The Sacred Triduum

Take a spiritual journey through the sacred days of Holy Week.  Watch this great video on Formed.org by the Augustine Institute.  Our parish has a subscription to this website which full of videos, prayers, ebooks and audio files.

**If you haven’t created your account yet, here is how to get set up.

  1. Visit FORMED.org
  2. Click Sign Up
  3. Select “I Belong to a Parish or Organization”
  4. Find Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Ozark or type 65049 in for the zip code.
  5. Enter your email.

**If you haven’t logged in for a while, when you sign in with your email, Formed will send a message to your email.  You then click on the link in that email to get in.

Once you are in Formed, navigate back here and click on the link here to easily go to the Triduum video.