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How We Pray

Prayer is one of the three pillars of Lenten practice.   Through prayer, we raise our hearts and minds to God in thanksgiving and praise.  Prayer is our “vital and personal relationship with the true and living God.”   During Lent, we place special emphasis on prayer and contemplation on the Passion and Death of our Lord through expressions of popular piety such as the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) and veneration of the Crucified Christ.  Find a variety of resources here for Lenten prayer and contemplation.

Daily Readings and Reflections

Read, hear, and reflect on the Word of God each day during Lent with the text and audio podcasts of the readings from the New American Bible and ourdaily video reflections, made possible by the Catholic Communication Campaign.

Lectio Divino

The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant

To enhance your observance of Lent, we are providing a special preview of the Seven Penitential Psalms and Songs of the Suffering Servant from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah as they appear in the New American Bible, Revised Edition. Along with the text of the psalms and songs, we are also providing audio versions and reflections to encourage the practice of Lectio Divina or “divine reading,” a way of praying with Scripture that calls one to listen to, study, contemplate and thoughtfully assimilate God’s Word.

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis)

The Via Matris

Modeled on the Via Crucis, the Via Matris focuses on seven particular incidents of sorrow in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mary associated with Christ’s passion.

A Pietá is an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary cradling the broken body of the crucified Christ. It is considered the “highest expression of the Via Matris” and has been a source of inspiration for Christian art since the middles ages. View this video meditation on the world’s best-known depiction of the Pietá — Michelangelo’s — from Picturing Mary

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The Rosary

Learn how to pray this Scripture-based prayer that is centered on the events of Christ’s life.

Rosary Resources

Family and Personal Prayer

Indulgences and our Spiritual Life