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Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Lenten Season 2013…

First, here’s the Lenten Schedule From:  Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Lent 2013 which lists dates from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.  Click on the links for additional information…

  • Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)
  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 17, 2013)
  • Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 24, 2013)
  • Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 3, 2013)
  • Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday(Sunday, March 10, 2013)
  • Feast of Saint Patrick (Sunday, March 17, 2013)
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, March 17, 2013)
  • Feast of Saint Joseph (Tuesday, March 19, 2013)
  • Palm Sunday (Sunday, March 24, 2013)
  • The Annunciation of the Lord (Monday, March 25, 2013)
  • Holy Thursday (Thursday, March 28, 2013)
  • Good Friday (Friday, March 29, 2013)
  • Holy Saturday (Saturday, March 30, 2013)
  • Easter (Sunday, March 31, 2013)


From:  The Holy Season Of Lent

Here’s a Lenten and Easter Calendar for 2013.  Just click on each day for the Daily Reflection, Daily Lenten Question, Daily Action and Daily Prayer for each of the forty (40) days of Lent (Ash Wednesday is shown below).  There is also a section that describes Fasting and Abstinence as well as a section on the Stations Of The Cross.  I went to Parochial school and have always fasted (just clear liquids—no alcohol) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  It’s the only time of year where I don’t mind going without food for 24 hours.  Fasting gives me a clearer mind and makes me feel closer to God.  I go through these exercises every Lenten Season, and really look forward to it—it’s so enriching to me.  Why not try it, or at least read the daily prayers?  I find a lot of strength in these prayers, and it also sustains my soul.

Here is what it says for today, Ash Wednesday (February 13, 2013)…


“Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.” Gn. 3:19

Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. (Joel 2:13)


The liturgical use of ashes originated in the Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. In the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus to kill all of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire (Esther 4:1). Job repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:6). Prophesying the Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, Daniel wrote, “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).

Jesus made reference to ashes, “If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have reformed in sackcloth and ashes long ago” (Matthew 11:21).

In the Middle Ages, the priest would bless the dying person with holy water, saying, “Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.” The Church adapted the use of ashes to mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, when we remember our mortality and mourn for our sins. In our present liturgy for Ash Wednesday, we use ashes made from the burned palm branches distributed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the foreheads of the faithful, making the sign of the cross and saying, “Remember, man you are dust and to dust you shall return,” or “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” As we begin this holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we must remember the significance of the ashes we have received: We mourn and do penance for our sins. We again convert our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. We renew the promises made at our baptism, when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ. Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in heaven.

Lenten Question:

Q: What is Lent?
A: Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). [This traditional ennumeration does not precisely coincide with the calendar according to the liturgical reform. In order to give special prominence to the Sacred Triduum (Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) the current calendar counts Lent as only from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, up to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to the Easter Vigil, excluding Sundays, as before.]

Lenten Action:

Invite a non-practicing friend to Mass with you.


Almighty and everlasting God, you despise nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Ash Wednesday is a day of both fasting and abstinence.

I received my ashes today and am looking forward to each and every glorious day that God gives me.  I hope you enjoy many glorious days ahead as well…


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