Lenten Resources 2021

What are you doing to prepare for and to participate in Lent?

The Season of Lent is the forty-day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday, April 1, when the Easter Triduum begins.

As the U.S. Bishops explain,
During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting….The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ…. Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.
Subject to certain exemptions due to age, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting (limited meals) and abstinence from eating meat. Fridays during Lent are also obligatory days of abstinence. “Voluntary fasting from food creates in us a greater openness to God's Spirit and deepens our compassion for those who are forced to go without food. The discomfort brought about by fasting unites us to the sufferings of Christ. “ Moreover,
our fasting and refraining is in response to the workings of the Holy Spirit. By fasting we sense a deeper hunger and thirst for God. In a paradoxical way, we feast through fasting—we feast on the spiritual values that lead to works of charity and service.
Besides these particular practices, “we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season,” as well as participating in other spiritual or penitential practices, such as attending daily Mass. Additionally, “the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.” Jesus was always concerned about those in need.

The number “forty” is a period of time mentioned many times throughout scripture. One interpretation is it symbolically represents a period to prepare us for the testing of our faith. Jesus fasted and prayed for "40 days and 40 nights" in the desert before he prevailed in being tested by the devil, after which Jesus began his public ministry (Mt 4:1-11).

Follows are links to a variety of spiritual practices, articles, videos, music, and other resources to assist us in preparing for and participating in this Season of Lent.
Lent 2021 (USCCB)

Lent Calendar (Cuaresma) - 2021 (USCCB)

Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2021

"Lenten Prayer" (USCCB)

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina en Espanol

"Living Space" (Commentaries on the Daily Readings by Irish Jesuits)

Litany of Fasting and Feasting

"Praying Lent" (Creighton University)

Lenten Online 8-Week Retreat (Creighton University)

"An Ignatian Prayer Adventure"

Daily Examen (Ignatian Spirituality)

"Lenten Resources" (Ignatian Spirituality)

Resources for Your Lenten Journey (Loyola Press)

Frequently Asked Questions About Lent and Easter (Franciscan Media)

"Videos for Lent" (USCCB)

"God's Gift of Forgiveness" (USCCB)

"What Are the Symbols of Lent and What Is Their Meaning?" (Archdiocese of St. Paul)"

"Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance" (USCCB)

"Penitential Practices for Today's Catholics" (USCCB)

"Saints for the Lenten Season" (USCCB)

"Penance and Reconciliation - Reconciled to Right Relationship, Called to Heal and Restore" (USCCB)

Examinations of Conscience (USCCB)

"Journey at the Foot of the Cross: Ten Things to Remember for Lent" (USCCB)

"The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant" (USCCB)

"Almsgiving" (USCCB)

"Fast and Abstinence" (USCCB)

"A Reflection on Lenten Fasting" (Rev. Daniel Merz - USCCB)

"The Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday"

"Beyond Giving Up Chocolate-Going Deeper in Lent"

Family Prayer

"Best Lent Ever" (Dynamic Catholic)

Lenten Gospel Reflections (Bishop Robert Barron - Word on Fire)

"The Stations of the Cross" (Creighton University)

"A Scriptural Way of the Cross for Lent" (USCCB)

"Praying the Stations of the Cross for Victims of Human Trafficking" (USCCB)

Stations of the Cross (YouTube - Dominican Sisters of Peace)

Stations of the Cross in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stations of the Cross (Catholic Relief Services)

Stations of the Cross (Alphonsus Liguori)

Stations of the Cross - Via Crucis (Spanish)

The Corporal Works of Mercy (USCCB)

The Spiritual Works of Mercy (USCCB)

"Rice Bowl" (Catholic Relief Services)

Triduum (USCCB)

Lenten Resources (National Catholic Education Association)

Lenten Prayer for Civility

Easter (USCCB)

What's the Purpose of Lent? (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Lent in Three Minutes" (Busted Halo)

Preparing for Lent (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Where is Lent in the Bible? (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

The Significance of Ash Wednesday (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Don't Give Up Anything for Lent (Breaking in the Habit)

"Lent" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday" (Dr. Brant Pitre)

"Enjoy Lent" (Dr. Scott Hahn)

"40 Days into Lent - Ash Wednesday" (Fr. Bing Arellano)

"What are the Practices in Lent" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Preparing for Lent" (A Catholic Mom's Life)

"Three Habits to Get the Most Out of Lent" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Prayer for Lent in 2021"

"The Lenten Season"

"Lenten Meditation - Begin the Journey" (Sisters of Bon Secours)

"What is Lent All About?"

"Lenten Reflections from Catholicism" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Lenten Reflection" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"What is Lent" (Cardinal Timothy Dolan)

"What is Lent" (Father James Martin, SJ)

"What is Lent" (Thomas Awiapo)

"What is Lent?" (Kerry Weber)

"Picking a Thing for Lent" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Fasting Can Change You Forever" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"4 Reasons for Fasting" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Why Fast on Ash Wednesday" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"4 Reasons for Almsgiving" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Almsgiving and Joy" (Fr. James Martin, SJ)

"Almsgiving" (3 Minute Theology)

"The Good Samaritan - Almsgiving" (Catholic Relief Services)

"40 Days Reflection Into Lent - Almsgiving is Giving to Jesus Begging" (Fr. Bing Arellano)

"Lenten Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land" (Magdala - in English and Spanish)


"Catholic Spirituality in Practice" (C 21 - Boston College)

Prayer and Spiritual Practices

"Just Pray"

"The Daily Examen"

"Lectio Divina"

"Stations of the Cross"

"Centering Prayer"

"Practice and Live a Virtuous Life"


"The Glory of These Forty Days"

"In These Days of Lenten Journey"

"With These Ashes"

"God of Mercy and Compassion"

"Again We Keep This Solemn Fast"

"Cry of the Poor"

"Via Dolorosa" (Sandy Patty)

"Lead Me to the Cross" (Hillsong)

"In the Name of the Lord" (Sandy Patty)

"Holy is His Name" (John Michael Talbot)

"At the Cross" (Hillsong)

"Your Name" (Paul Baloche)

"Change Our Hearts"

"Glory in the Cross"

"Tantum Ergo Sacramentum"

"Were You There When They Crucified My Lord"

"Miserere mei, Deus"

"Behold the Wood of the Cross"

"Nada te turbe"

"You Raise Me Up"

"Agnus Dei"

"Save Your People"

"Amazing Grace"

"It is Well With My Soul"

"Loving and Forgiving"

"Shepherd Me, O God"

"Be Not Afraid"

"I Surrender"

"O Sanctissima"

"Lead Me Lord"

"The Summons"

"You Are Mine"

"Be Thou My Vision"

"Litany of the Saints"

"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"

"Worthy is the Lamb"

"Anima Christi Sanctifica Me"

"Transfigure Us, O Lord"

"Veni Creator Spiritus"

"Come Back to Me"

"We Will Rise Again"

"Jesus Christ is Risen Today"

"Christ is Risen"

"Christ is Risen - Hallelujah"

Psalm 51 (Ash Wednesday and First Sunday of Lent)

Psalm 33 (Second Sunday of Lent)

Psalm 95 (Third Sunday of Lent)

Psalm 23 (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Psalm 130 (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Psalm 22 (Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion)

Psalm 118 (Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of the Lord)

Links to Other Music Selections

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