Season of Lent <br/><em>Sow Seeds of Goodness</em>

Season of Lent
Sow Seeds of Goodness

What is Lent?

Lent is a yearly celebration of the Church in preparation for Easter. Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for Baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closer attention to God's Word and of more fervent prayer, we are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.

During Lent, the reminder of baptism already received, as well as the theme of repentance, renew the entire community along with those being prepared to celebrate the paschal mystery, in which each of the elect will share through the sacraments of initiation. (RCIA 125, Ad gentes, 14)

For those already baptized Lent is a time of preparation to celebrate the paschal mystery through reminders of our baptism and penitential practices. (GNLYC 27)

Lent is a privileged time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This season provides an opportunity to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus, and to renew the choices we make, so that we might live as he taught. 

When is Lent?

Lent begins on Ash WednesdayMarch 2nd, 2022, and continues until the beginning of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening, on April 14th, 2022. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Let Us Not Grow Tired of Doing Good

In his message for Lent 2022, Pope Francis invites the faithful to sow seeds of goodness, so that we might reap a harvest of salvation for ourselves and others.

Pope Francis reflects that, "In this season of conversion, sustained by God’s grace and by the communion of the Church, let us not grow tired of doing good. The soil is prepared by fasting, watered by prayer and enriched by charity. Let us believe firmly that “if we do not give up, we shall reap our harvest in due time” and that, with the gift of perseverance, we shall obtain what was promised (cf. Heb 10:36), for our salvation and the salvation of others (cf. 1 Tim 4:16)."

Virtual Resources for Lent

The Diocese of Hamilton is pleased to offer you an Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word that can be celebrated virtually in a classroom or at home. You will find tips for celebrating the Lenten season with your family, and a video with the Gospel Proclamation and Reflection by Bishop Wayne Lobsinger.