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Lenten Resources

Lent, which begins Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, is a period of spiritual renewal that helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ—that is, his passion, death and resurrection. The three pillars of the Lenten season are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.   By spending time in prayer and in reflection on the Scriptures, through penance and through giving up (sacrificial acts) and giving to others (charitable acts), we look to experience a spiritual reawakening that brings up closer to Christ.

Lent's origins can be traced in part to a short period of fasting and prayer undergone by catechumens / elect, who are preparing for full initiation into the Church at Easter through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist.  The season is a reminder of the great gift of baptism, both the salvation it offers, as well as the challenge that comes with it.  As Pope Francis expressed in his Lenten message,  we must "imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty."

You will find some resources below to help you in your Lenten journey. Click on any of the lines.

Lenten Calendar

Calendar from USCCB

Bible Study, Faith Formation, & Prayer

Lenten Prayer and Scripture Study at Parishes around the Diocese

Prayer and Scripture Reflections

Echoing God's Word Scripture Reflections

Bishop Robert Barron's Weekly Reflections (Sign up to receive via email)

Lectio Divina for Lent

Praying Lent (Creighton University)

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

Six Ways to Evangelize during Lent (USCCB)


RCIA Lenten Retreat - Presented by the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation

Retreats at parishes around the Diocese 

A time to listen, engage, nurture, and thank, a one-day retreat,  Presented at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford

Introduction to Centering Prayer led by Father Joseph Manship - Presented at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford

Praying with Icons ~ Behold the Beauty of the Lord, a retreat led by Father Steve Bonian, the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Light is On for You

Pastoral exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de Penitencia y Reconciliación

Lenten Fasting & Meals

Lenten Meals in Parishes

Fasting and Abstinence

Sharing Our Gifts

CRS Rice Bowl

Catholic Charities Maine opportunities

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2016

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2015

Stations of the Cross

Praying the Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross in the Diocese of Portland

Living Stations of the Cross in our Diocese

Listen to and Pray the Stations of the Cross (USCCB)

A Scriptural Way of the Cross for Lent

Other Resources

Questions and Answers about Lent