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A Beginner’s Guide to Lent

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Lent is the 40-day liturgical season before the celebration of Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. The next Easter Sunday is March 31, 2024.

During Lent, we are called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving throughout the season. This is a time when we remove luxuries from our lives to focus on our connection with Christ, live in communion with the poor and remember his sacrifice for everyone to have eternal life in Heaven.

Many faith traditions commemorate this season with various guidelines, which can include spiritual retreats and abstaining from meat. If this is your first time commemorating Lent, check out a few ways you can make the season meaningful this year.


The first pillar of Lent is prayer. This time of solemnity encourages us to seek out God for guidance and support. Here are a few prayer ideas to consider adding to your Lenten journey.

  • Pray the Stations of the Cross or the Holy Rosary.
  • Commit to praying in the morning and at night before bed.
  • Spend time reading the Bible or join a Bible study group.
  • Do prayer and reflection each day of Lent in a special journal with journal prompts for the liturgical season.


During Lent, we are called to give up some of the luxuries we have in life in order to focus more on Christ. While this includes meat on Fridays for Catholics, other faith traditions include other fasts.

Fasting also includes things that prevent us from connecting with God. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Giving up meat each day of Lent.
  • Spend less time playing video games.
  • Going out to eat.
  • Delete social media apps from your phone.
  • Turn off your electronics at a certain time each day.


In addition to prayer and fasting, almsgiving connects us with those in need. The money that you save from not eating out or another fast can be given to those less fortunate. Here are a few programs to support financially during Lent and on an ongoing basis.

For additional Catholic Lent resources, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website.

What are some ways you plan to make the season of Lent meaningful this year?

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