Lent… it all begins with prayer

Ash Wednesday, the first day of this “journey towards Easter”, which can be demanding if you put your heart into it. Like any mountain hiker walking along a rocky or snowy path, you’re aware of where you’re stepping, you’re aware of the challenges and dangers of the terrain, you have the desire and the courage to keep going despite the fatigue.

Lent... it all begins with prayer. That’s what Father James Hanvey, Secretary for the Service of Faith of the Society of Jesus, insisted on two years ago. We must make the most of Lent, he said, and welcome it as a time for deep reflection and prayer, a time of truth about ourselves, society and the world.

It all begins with prayer; simple, honest, open prayer, recognising our need and, above all, our need for the grace to change, to repent. This is the first great act of our freedom and hope. This Ash Wednesday, we invite you to nourish your prayer with Father Hanvey’s reflections. They are offered in five chapters, which you can access by clicking on the links below.

Music for Lent - 1

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Miserere Mei – Kyrie Eleison


Music for Lent - 2

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The Balm of Lent


Music for Lent - 3

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Maria Maddalena


Music for Lent - 4

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Laetare at Homecoming


Music for Lent - 5

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A feast of fasting

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