Lent

ACTA COMMENTARY ON OUR SUNDAY LECTIONARY

First Sunday of Lent Year B

The Word from God on this the First Sunday of what is a Season of Penance, is that we have nothing to fear, except, of course, fear itself. It is as well to begin Lent with two facts. First, as today’s readings make clear, we are all safe in God’s hands. Secondly, the most often repeated commandment in the whole of the Bible is this: DO NOT BE AFRAID.

Lent

Chris McDonnell CT February 16th 2018

The cycle of liturgical seasons continues and now we find ourselves a few days into Lent this year, days of reflection and remaking, a time to pause.

Through the coming weeks we will still have the daily chores, work to do, shopping at the supermarket and all the general concerns of family life. Day in, day out, the effort of being who we are continues unabated.

2011 Missal
 
Collect

Grant, almighty God,
through the yearly observances of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding
of the riches hidden in Christ
and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer over the Offerings

Give us the right dispositions, O Lord, we pray,
to make these offerings,
for with them we celebrate the beginning
of this venerable and sacred time.
Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer after Communion

Renewed now with heavenly bread,
by which faith is nourished, hope increased,
and charity strengthened,
we pray, O Lord,
that we may learn to hunger for Christ,
the true and living Bread,
and strive to live by every word
which proceeds from your mouth.
Through Christ our Lord.

1998 Missal
 
Opening Prayer

Grant us, almighty God,
that through this yearly observance of Lent
we may enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ
and draw upon its power in the conduct of our lives.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord,
at the beginning of this holy season refashion our hearts
and make them one with the sacrifice we are about to offer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer after Communion

Lord,
you have renewed us with the heavenly bread
that enlivens our faith, inspires our hope,
and strengthens our charity.
Teach us to hunger for Christ, the true and living bread,
and to live by every word that proceeds from your mouth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.