Lent 2024: 40 Days of Grace

lent 2024 days of grace


The most important season for Christians is upon us!


We always remember this quote, "Our life is only a blink of an eye compared to eternity."  This was often told to us by Socorro Alejandro, the founder of papemelroti.  It was always more important for her and her husband Benny to strive to live rightly, putting God first in all things, than to have any earthly success.



Indeed, it is an opportune season to "seek what is above" (Colossians 3) and do what little acts of love we can for God.  It is the least we can do for Him who has given all for love of us.


Some of us will want to give up complaining or gossiping.  Some will give up sweets.  Some place a pebble in their shoe to pray for someone sick.  Whatever things you offer up with a sincere and humble heart of faith will bring us a manifold of graces.


We recommend using this guide, 40 activities for Lent by Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag.





Here are some prayers that we can say throughout these days leading up to Easter.  They are not too long so you can say them in the middle of the day.  They have been penned by some of the most holy and wisest people of all time.  We have replaced words such as "thou" with "you" so they'll be easier to recite and remember.



A Prayer for Pardon

from the Ancient Collect, 6th century


O Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Your life for us that we might receive pardon and peace; mercifully cleanse us from all sin, and evermore keep us in Your favor and love, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  Amen. 




A Prayer for Mercy

from the Gregorian Sacramentary, 6th century


O God, the Protector of all that trust in You, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us Your mercy; that, You being our Ruler and Guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord. Amen.


Lenten Prayer 

by Saint Ephrem


O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Your servant.

Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed are You, unto ages of ages. Amen.


A Prayer for the Afflicted and Distressed

from Saint Anselm, 11th century

We bring before Thee, O Lord, the troubles and perils of people and nations, the sighing of prisoners and captives, the sorrows of the bereaved, the necessities of strangers, the helplessness of the weak, the despondency of the weary, the failing powers of the aged. O Lord, draw near to each; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  


An Easter Prayer 

from the 7th century, Mozarabic Sacramentary


The Day of Resurrection has dawned upon us, the day of true light and life, wherein Christ, the life of believers, arose from the dead. Let us give abundant thanks and praise to God, that while we solemnly celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection, He may be pleased to bestow on us quiet peace and special gladness; so that being protected from morning to night by His favoring mercy, we may rejoice in the gift of our Redeemer. Amen.


 




A prayer we often pray is "We love You Lord, help us to love You more".


May this Lenten season be for you a great big stepping stone that will bring you closer to God.  You'll find that being closer to Him who is the source of all LOVE, JOY, PEACE, and all things GOOD brings you more of these as well.



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