Vicariate for Faith & Mission

Lent

Lent

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, 14 February. Lent is the time in the Church’s year where we are asked to spend time in prayerful reflection considering how we reflect the image and likeness of God. In what ways are we faithful in our unique calling and when do we fall short? This year we are invited to invest time and energy in renewing our prayer life, taking the Lord’s prayer as our starting point. Perhaps this Lent you might commit to making more space in the busyness of daily life for prayer or to try praying differently.

Amy Cameron, Coordinator for Faith & Mission

Key Dates during Lent and Easter

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday 14 February (Fasting and Abstinence)

Passion (Palm) Sunday: Sunday 24 March

Maundy Thursday: Thursday 28 March

Good Friday: Friday 29 March (Fasting and Abstinence)

Easter Sunday: Sunday 31 March

Walking through Lent as an Individual or as a Group

The Diocesan Lenten resources provide a variety of rich perspectives and styles of writing and make a great use of the gifts of our people. These are often used for personal reflection, but it may be that you want to reflect on these as a parish prayer group. Alternatively, you may wish to use something that it designed with group reflection in mind.

Diocesan Lenten Reflection Booklets

Last year’s Lenten Reflection booklets were very well received. As we prepare to commemorate Jesus’ salvific death and resurrection at Easter, we hope that this year’s edition will once again foster prayerful reflection on the Scriptures and a renewed sense of purpose and hope amongst the people of the Diocese. The reflections have been produced by a great number of people to express the richness of our Diocesan community.

The daily reflections will be available for viewing, downloading and printing from the Diocesan website, using this weblink: https://bit.ly/DHNLentReflections. The weblink will go live in time for Ash Wednesday (Wednesday 14 February).

Lent Prayer Resources (External Websites)

Below is a list of Lenten resources for groups that are available nationally which you may want to check out:

CBCEW Resources for Lent: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/resources-for-lent/.

CBCEW: At the Foot of the Cross

It’s an early Lent this year and as such, the focus of  At the Foot of the Cross is very much on the three pillars of the season – prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Canon Christopher Thomas, our General Secretary, joins us to talk about what’s crossing his desk at the Secretariat of the Bishops’ Conference. Firstly, we talk about Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ statement on the war in the Holy Land echoing Pope Francis’s call for a lasting ceasefire, the release of all hostages, for humanitarian aid to be allowed through to help those most in need in Gaza, and for hospitals, schools and places of worship to be protected.

Listen to the podcast here.

CBCEW: Deliver Us From Evil

A set of useful prayers and supplications, humble requests for the Lord’s help, that can be used by Catholics in times of fear, distress and temptation.

The Catholic Truth Society (CTS) has published a new booklet by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales offering a treasury of prayers drawn from Holy Scripture and Sacred Tradition that can be used by Catholics to protect themselves from the powers of darkness.

Discover the new booklet here.

CBCEW: Walk With Me (Easter edition)

The Eastertide edition of Walk with Me, in which we continue our meditation on prayer in the Christian life, is now available. Our focus during Lent was the perfect prayer, the Our Father. Our focus during Eastertide is our call to be prayerful Pilgrims of Hope. Eastertide invites us to renew our relationship with the Holy Spirit, our greatest gift, the Counsellor, the Lord and the giver of life.

Please order copies of Walk With Me from Alive Publishing here.

Read a sample of this publication here.

CAFOD Lent Prayer Resources: Lent prayers (cafod.org.uk).

CAFOD Lent Resources for Young People: https://cafod.org.uk/education/secondary-and-youth-resources/lent-resources-young-people.

God Who Speaks Resources for Lent: www.godwhospeaks.uk/lent-and-eastertide-resources/.

Missio Lenten Resource:

World Mission Rosary:

World Mission Rosary and how to pray the Mission Rosary

Sycamore Online Sessions for Lent 2024

In this Season of Lent, why not join us online (via Zoom) for the following Sycamore sessions, which will focus on knowing God and our response to live out a ‘ministry of love’ in faith, freedom and love.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays throughout Lent from 7.00pm to 8.15pm.

  • 15 February: “The Existence of God
  • 22 February: “Who is Jesus?
  • 29 February: “The Holy Spirit and the Church
  • 7 March: “The Gift of Faith
  • 14 March: “Finding True Freedom
  • 21 March: “The Meaning of Love

All are welcome! Each session can stand alone so there is no obligation to attend all if you can’t commit to every week. Some of you may have had experience of Sycamore previously, so we’ll be using an alternative set of questions which will give you more opportunities to reflect on your own experiences of faith.

Please register your interest to receive the Zoom link. You can do this by completing the online form or by calling the admin team on 0191 243 3316.

Music Suggestions for Lent

Frances Simmons from the Diocesan Church Music Association (DCMA) shares music suggestions for Lent via her Blog: Music, Liturgy and ME.

Twenty-five hymns for Lent

25 more hyms for Lent (and a bonus)