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The Season of Lent

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 us 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.

Prayer Opportunities & Reflections

Echoing God's Word Scripture Reflections

Prayer Opportunities around the Diocese including churches open for private prayer 

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

EWTN Lenten Reflections

Father Rocky's 40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass - Relevant Radio

• Ignatian Solidarity Network: Harden not your hearts

• Journey Begins Lenten Reflections - Prison and Jail Ministry

Lectio Divina for Lent

• Lent: A season of fasting and feasting - Fr. Wilfred Labbe

Meet me in the Desert - CRS Lenten Prayer

Saints for the Lenten Season

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

Prayers during the pandemic  

• Pope Francis' prayer to Mary

• Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

• Prayer for solidarity

Lenten Calendars

• A Moment for the Missions - Missionary Childhood Association Calendar

CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Calendar

The Season of Lent  

The 40 Days of Lent

Questions and Answers about Lent (USCCB )

Questions and Answers about Lent (EWTN)

Ten things to Remember for Lent (USCCB)


CRS Lenten Digital Retreat

• Retreats in the Diocese of Portland

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

A Brief Examination of Conscience Based on the Ten Commandments

Pastoral exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de Penitencia y Reconciliación

The Light is On

Lenten Fasting

Fasting and Abstinence

Prayer for Abstinence - CRS

Prayer of the Wilderness for those who are fasting - CRS

Reflection on Fasting and Abstinence - USCCB

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross in our Diocese

Living Stations of the Cross in our Diocese

 Praying the Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross for Autistic People

 A Scriptural Way of the Cross for Lent

• Stations of the Cross - Creighton University

Stations of the Cross - CRS Video Reflections

Stations of the Cross for Victims of Human Trafficking

Stations of the Cross for Vocations

Sharing Our Gifts

• Ash Wednesday collection for the Church in Eastern and Central Europe

CRS Rice Bowl

 Opportunities in our diocese

Pope Francis's Lenten Messages

• Pope Francis' Lenten Messsage 2022

• Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2021

• Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2020

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2019

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2018

 Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2017

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2016

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2015

• Pope Francis' Ash Wednesday Homily 2021

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2020

 Pope Francis Ash Wednesday Homily 2020

Other Resources

Six Ways to Evangelize during Lent (USCCB)