WASHINGTON—Avariety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which this year begins on Ash Wednesday,February 14, are being provided by the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
With the theme"Raise Up, Sacrifice, Offer," resources include a new set of daily suggestionsfor reading, reflection, prayer and action, in addition to the traditionaldownloadable reflection calendar available in years past. The downloadable Lentcalendar with quotes from Pope Francis, Scripture, and Church fathers, isavailable in both English and Spanish. The daily suggestions and downloadablecalendar offer teachings and suggestions for taking an active approach to thethree traditional pillars of Lenten observance: prayer, fasting, andalmsgiving.
The websitewww.usccb.org/lent,also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall withinLent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the Sacrament ofPenance, and a section on Holy Week observances. The USCCB has also created anaccompanying video reflecting on Lent for sharing on social media.
Lent begins onAsh Wednesday on February 14, and concludes at sunset on Holy Thursday, March29. At that time, the Paschal Triduum begins. The three days of the Triduumlast from sunset on Holy Thursday to sunset on Easter Sunday, which will becelebrated on April 1.
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