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The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayerfasting and almsgiving.

Today we visit: Prayer

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.

Lenten Audio Retreats

Take a 30-minute retreat each Sunday during Lent with one of our United States bishops as they reflect on the readings for the Lenten Sundays.

The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant

The Seven Penitential Psalms and  the Songs of the Suffering Servant  from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah are traditionally used for meditation and prayer during Lent.  At the page link above, you will find links to the text of the psalms and songs from theNew American Bible, Revised Edition, along with audio versions and written 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.

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are traditionally prayed on the Fridays of Lent.  Follow the link above for more information on this popular devotional practice, including prayers for the Stations of the Cross prayed by Blessed John Paul II on Good Friday 1991 and an audio version for download.

A Week of Prayers for Lenten Devotions from the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development

Additional Prayer Resources