Lent

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  • Five Ways to Observe Holy Week

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    1. Attend the Chrism Mass  At Mass on the morning of Holy Thursday or another day near Easter, each diocese’s bishop consecrates the Holy Chrism that will be used throughout the year. Two other oils are also blessed on this occasion; the… read more

  • Behold the Lamb of God

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    At the very heart of the Catholic Mass, the priest turns to the people and lifts up the chalice and consecrated bread that has become the body and blood of Christ. He repeats the words of St. John the Baptist when he saw Jesus coming to him at the Jordan River: &ldquo… read more

  • Five Individual Lenten Practices

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    1. Read the Bible daily. Make time every day to read a passage from Scripture. By daily immersing yourself in the stories and lessons of Scripture, you will better prepare yourself for Easter. If you go to the United States Conference of Catholic … read more

  • Unique Ways to Commemorate Holy Thursday & Good Friday

    by Sue Haggerty

    The Easter Triduum is the liturgical season lasting three days and commemorating the Last Supper, the Passion, and the Resurrection. Across the country, churches and individuals commemorate these holy days with special traditions and devotions. In particular, … read more

  • Earth to Earth, Dust to Dust

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    When I was a minister in the Church of England, one of my tasks was to lead funeral services. The words of the ancient Book of Common Prayer were beautiful and infused with the words of Scripture. One of the most famous lines which many people think … read more

  • Happy Lent

    by Danielle Bean

    Do you love Lent? I suppose not many of us do. The traditional Lenten practices of almsgiving and fasting are not meant to be pleasant. Suffering and sacrifice are kind of the point. But in some crazy way, I do love Lent. This might make me a Catholic … read more

  • Catholic Apps for Your Lenten Journey

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    Our smartphones can be a distraction that detracts from our spiritual lives. This Lent, why not let your phone inspire you toward penance and prayer with these Catholic apps?   1. Lenten devotions Xt3 Lent Calendar by Catholic Communications… read more

  • Living Lent to the Fullest

    by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D.

    Lent this year comes at the end of a long winter. The gray skies and lack of sunshine can be taxing on our spiritual and psychological health, and we may not feel motivated to enter into this holy season. But Lent can be forty days of opportunity for… read more

  • Cooking up compassion

    by Marialisa Calta

    Cathy Voxland, an avid home cook from Newnan, Georgia, knows how to whip up a chicken and mushroom casserole for a church luncheon or put on a spread of “gooey desserts.” But during Lent, Voxland presides weekly over a kitchen of volunteers at… read more

  • Lenten recipes your whole family will enjoy!

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    Cook and share these recipes with your loves ones this Lent. The meatless dishes are from Catholic Relief Services' Operation Rice Bowl. For 33 years, this program has helped US Catholics become more aware of global poverty, while encouraging prayer … read more

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