The 3 Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving
Prayer: There are many ways to pray. One option is through the Stations of the Cross. Our church offers the Stations of the Cross each Friday evening during Lent. We also suggest developing your own prayer method. Here are some helpful online resources:
Creighton Daily Prayers during Lent 2021
The First Four Days of Lent
The First Week of Lent
The Second Week of Lent
February 28 - March 6
The Third Week of Lent
The Fourth Week of Lent
The Fifth Week of Lent
Holy Week: The First Four Days
Holy Week: The Sacred Triduum
Celebrating the Easter Season
April 4 - May 23
Fasting: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
Almsgiving: During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. Almsgiving can be done through the Works of Mercy.
“The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2447).
Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the hungry | Give drink to the thirsty | Shelter the homeless | Clothe the naked | Visit the sick |
Visit the prisoners | Bury the dead | Give alms to the poor | Care of our Common Home
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Counseling the doubtful | Instructing the ignorant | Admonishing the sinner | Comforting the sorrowful | Forgiving injuries
Bearing wrongs patiently | Praying for the living and the dead | Caring for our Common Home