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1st Sorrowful Mystery: Agony in the Garden

By • Catholic Online • 3/11/2011

Before we can have true contrition, we have to first truly understand that we have sinned.  Sin is not an archaic concept, contrary to what our "enlightened" culture says.  Our sin caused Jesus to sweat drops of blood in agony.  Yet the good news is that we are free to repent out of ...


Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.' The woman said to him, 'Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water. (John 4:13-15 NAB)

Rising from the Ashes: Sir, Give Me This Water to Drink

By • Catholic Online • 3/10/2011

During these forty days of Lent we offer ourselves anew to God through abstinence, examination, confession, and renewal. The words of the woman at the well, which we will hear on the third Sunday of Lent, ring out as a reminder that there are many who need the faith we affirm. WASHINGTON, DC ...


Pope Benedict XVI, penitent and pilgrim

Pope Benedict XVI: On this Lenten Journey Let us be Attentive to Christ's Invitation

By • Catholic Online • 3/10/2011

Lent is a journey, accompanying Jesus as He travels to Jerusalem, the place where the mystery of His Passion, Death and Resurrection is to be fulfilled.The Christian life is a 'road' to be travelled, consisting not so much in a law to be observed as in the person of Christ Himself, Who ...


Congregation for the Clergy Sends Lenten 2011 Message to Priests

By • Catholic Online • 3/9/2011

A de-Christianised world requires a new evangelisation, yet a new evangelisation requires 'new' priests.  Not Priests in the superficial sense, like every passing fashion, but in the sense of a heart profoundly renewed by every Holy Mass, renewed by the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, ...


Lent Begins: Ash Wednesday,Turn Away from Sin and Be Faithful to the Gospel

By • Catholic Online • 3/9/2011

Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel! These are the words I will pronounce on  Ash Wednesday as the faithful come forward to receive ashes on their foreheads. Usually applied in the sign of the Cross, they are a symbol of our willingness to enter into a protracted period of prayer, ...


Called to Ongoing Conversion: Death,Lent and Ashes

By • Catholic Online • 3/9/2011

The truth is that you will die within the next hundred years, and reminding you of this truth is one of the primary purposes behind Ash Wednesday. Embracing our Lenten ashes means we recognize the need for deeper conversion. Conversion always involves "giving something up" in some form, but the ...


The Happy Priest: Ash Wednesday, Examination of Conscience and Conversion

By • Catholic Online • 3/9/2011

The ashes on our forehead remind us of the human condition: Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. However, sometimes, you will have to go real deep and discover inner attitudes that may be the root of your sinful behavior.  Sometimes you will need a spiritual colonoscopy. ...


Dr. Denton Weiss

Ask Dr. Denton: It's Lent. Can You Explain the Effects of Fasting?

By • Catholic Online • 3/9/2011

Prayer and fasting leads us to a deeper closeness to God and to peace and beauty within.  Interestingly, fasting also gives our body a time to clean out the weight of a heavy year. Fasting on a purely physical level does have some significant and wonderful benefits. The benefits of fasting are ...


At Masses and services of worship on this day, ashes are imposed on the foreheads of the faithful (or on the tonsure spots, in the case of some clergy).

Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lent

By • Catholic Online • 3/8/2011

In the year 2011, Lent begins on March 9, better known Ash Wednesday. Catholics traditionally observe Ash Wednesday by going to mass to receive ashes on our foreheads, and to give something up until Easter. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of ...


What do many of today's Mardi Gras celebrations have to do with the real meaning of the day? Not much.

Mardi Gras: Much More than a Party

By • Catholic Online • 3/8/2011

One could call this the last gasp of Ordinary time as the Church anticipates the Season of Lent. Rich foods are consumed as pilgrims prepare for times of fasting, abstinence, confession and penance. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Today is Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday." Usually we think of New ...





More Easter / Lent

'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead' - Luke 24:46

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. continue reading


Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1.11, Matthew 21:1.11, Luke 19:28.44, and John 12:12.19) ... continue reading


Holy Week

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week... continue reading


Holy Thursday

HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances. It celebrates his last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover ... continue reading


Good Friday

On Good Friday, each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Holy Week we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord ... continue reading


Easter Sunday

Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year ... continue reading


Fasting and Abstinence

For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere. Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed (Lk. 5:35). continue reading


FAQs About Lent

Everything answered from when does lent end, ashes, giving something up, stations of the cross and blessed palms. The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism... continue reading


Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. First Station: Jesus is condemned to death... pray the stations now


What did you give up for Lent?

What did you give up for Lent?

From the humorous to the bizarre, people have had interesting Lenten experiences. Tell us about what you are going to give up for this Lenten Year.
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Lent / Easter News

Good Friday

  • Good Friday

    On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption.

    The Cross

    In the symbol of the Cross we can see the magnitude of the human tragedy, the ravages of original sin, and the infinite love of God. Learn More

Ash Wednesday

  • Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

    The Ashes

    The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. Learn More

Stations of the Cross

  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion.

    Opening Prayer

    ACT OF CONTRITION. O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart... Pray the Stations

Fasting & Abstinence

  • 'Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed' Lk. 5:35

    Abstinence. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted.

    Fasting. The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal.
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