Lent is a time when Christ wants to lead us back to our baptismal promises of dying to sin and of living for God. Lent is observed for 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Holy Thursday, and does not include Sundays. The three pillars of Lent help us become closer to God: fasting (giving up), almsgiving (giving to others) and prayer. These practices help prepare ourselves to enter once again into Jesus' Paschal mystery and to renew it in our lives.
In the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, students and staff observe the Lenten season by engaging in a variety of activities that support these pillars.
Prayer for Lent:
All praise to you, Father in heaven,
for leading us out of the darkness of sin
into the light of your kingdom.
We bless you for sending us your Son
to save us,
to die for us that we might die to sin,
to be raised that we might share your life.
We thank you for giving us your Spirit of love,
to live in our hearts and lead us to you.
All glory, praise and honour be yours,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and evermore. Amen.
Adapted from Living Lent: National Liturgy Office, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.