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Lenten Resources

 Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up!

pope-francis-lentIn his Lenten message for 2014, Pope Francis takes inspiration from the words of St. Paul (Cor 8:9), and asks us to contemplate Paul's invitation to live "a life of evangelical poverty."

 We can begin to embrace this call by fasting from or "giving up" material things, including foods, that are superfluous to our basic needs; "taking up" charitable habits that are directed to helping and caring for others; and "lifting up" our brothers and sisters who are in need through giving alms, praying and participating in devotional practices. (From the USCCB website)

 Click HERE to download Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2014.

 

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What Are The Lenten Obligations for Catholics?

lent-ash-wedAsh Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

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 his Resurrection.

 

Additional Resources

Three great apps to help you in your Lenten journey:

 

Pope-App RR-App CRS-RB-App


FROM THE VATICAN + USCCB:

2014 Lent Message from the Holy Father

Lent Resources


SACRED LENT MUSIC FROM THE VATICAN:

Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel

Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music


ORIGIN, HISTORY, PURPOSE & MEANING:

History

Origin, Purpose


LITURGICAL:

Daily Readings

Audio Daily Readings

Video Daily Reflections

PRAYERS:

Daily Prayers and Reflections

Lenten Audio Retreat

Stations of the Cross


CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS:

Catholic Online

American Catholic

Ideas for kids


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Vatican Radio

Vatican Channel on YouTube