Lent is the time in the liturgical year leading up to the glory of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday when we, as Catholics, give alms, pray more, and fast. Marist will honor Lent in a variety of ways.
On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be distributed during every mod at a service in the McNamara Gym. The National Honor Society has invited students to fast together on Ash Wednesday.
Additionally, every Monday in Lent all are welcome to pray the rosary in the Brothers Chapel at 7:15am. On Tuesdays the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered during the school day for any interested students. Every Wednesday all are welcome to take part in Adoration of the Eucharist in the chapel. Each Thursday in Lent, Mass will be celebrated at 7:15am.
A prayer space is being set up in the Brothers Chapel for devotions to Mary the Undoer of Knots. All are invited to drop in for a few quiet moments of prayer. Visitors will be able to write down and tie intentions to a rope being held by Mary, our good mother. Visitors are also invited to untie someone else’s prayer and take it with them to pray for them throughout Lent.
The Religious Studies Department will also challenge students to fast from something each day of Lent. This will include 24-hour challenges without Snapchat, video games, saying no to parents, and other things teens often use or do. Check out the calendar here.
Students looking to do service (almsgiving) during Lent can visit the Student Life Office to find out about service projects with Campus Ministry.
Also, please note that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, all Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Roman Catholic Church, the discipline of fasting is obligatory from age 18 through age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The discipline concerning abstinence from meat is binding upon Catholics from age 14 onwards.
Here are some resources to enrich your Lenten season:
Marist Brothers Novitiate USA
Sisters of Mercy Lenten Blog
25 Great Things You Can Do For Lent
Ignatian Spirituality Lenten Resources