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Lent

Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. For the Lenten liturgy disposes both catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery: catechumens, through the several stages of Christian initiation; the faithful, through reminders of their own baptism and through penitential practices. 

General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar (GNLYC), 27
The Gospels of the Season of Lent speak of renewal - the renewal of life experienced by those nearing initiation into the Church at Easter time, and our renewal of mind and heart as we recommit to the promises of our baptism.  In particular, during this Year C Scripture cycle, we hear of:
  • Jesus' strengthened resolve from his temptation in the wilderness
  • The revelation of Jesus as the Messiah through his transfiguration
  • Jesus' teaching in the parable of the fig tree that it's never too late for renewal
  • The invitation to return to God's love and mercy in the parable of the prodigal son
  • Jesus' restoration of the dignity of the woman caught in adultery.

Arrangements for Lent

Liturgical arrangements for Lent are following the ritual pattern that has been developed over previous years, thus helping the assembly to be shaped and formed in its lenten practice by our Sunday Mass participation.
  • The Confiteor will be prayed for the Penitential Act.  After this, the Kyrie Eleison follows.  We encourage singing of the Kyrie during Lent to highlight the penitential nature of the season
  • The Gloria is not sung on the Sundays of Lent
  • The word Alleluia is not said or sung during Lent.  The Gospel Acclamation must be an appropriate Lenten Gospel Acclamation, and hymns with the word Alleluia cannot be sung
  • At the end of the homily (before the creed), a question for personal reflection will be displayed on the projection screen, in silence
  • Increased silence during the Lenten liturgy is encouraged.  Less hymns may be sung during Mass, and the recessional hymn is omitted
  • Instrumental music cannot be used during Lent - instruments can only be used to support singing.
Download the text of the Introductory Rites for the Sundays of Lent

Scrutinies

Often the Lenten season includes the celebration of scrutinies as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  As we do not have elect preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil, there will not be any scrutinies celebrated during Lent this year.
 

Why less hymns and no instrumental music during Lent?

Read this Liturgy Corner article from 2019 to find out more
 

Music Suggestions

Music suggestions for the are complete on the liturgy website for Lent.
View music suggestions for the Sundays of Lent
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