lent 2012

Lenten Prayer Opportunities and Events

Each year, Catholics set aside 40 days to "rend our hearts" and "return to God." All of us are given this opportunity to deliberately examine what we are doing well and what we are doing not so well, and we are invited to come back to God.

As we start this journey called Lent, let us take some time to understand where we are in our faith lives and where we would like to go during the season. We invite you to use this page as a guide. It contains many individual and communal opportunities for prayer and reflection that may be of interest to you on your spiritual journey and all people of faith are invited to participate.

Together, let's look forward to receiving a renewed sense of the fire of God's love for us and the forgiveness that is always freely offered to us as we prepare for the Risen Christ Jesus at Easter.

Masses During Lent

Monday, 4:30 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Monday - Friday, 11:30 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Sunday, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel


Ash Wednesday
February 14, 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
Please don't forget to pick up your Rice Bowl today!

Palm Sunday Mass 
March 25, 11:00 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Triduum Services

Holy Thursday
March 29, 7:00 PM Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Good Friday
March 30, 7:00 PM, Saint Pius X Church, Essex Center

Holy Saturday
March 31, 7:30 PM, Saint Lawrence Church, Essex Junction

Easter Sunday
April 1, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
No 7:00 p.m. Mass

Prayer Opportunities During Lent

Morning Prayer
Monday-Friday, 7:40 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesdays, February 20; March 6, 20, and 27; 4:00–5:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Rosary for Peace
Mondays, February 19 and 26; March 5, 19, and 26; 5:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Evening prayer in the style of the community of Taizé

Thursday, TBA, 7:00 PM, Back Altar Space of Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Evening prayer is sung in the manner of the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic community in France. The community works ecumenically at furthering peace within the human family by engendering reconciliation and healing of divisions among Christians. The Brothers developed a style of prayer consisting of simple meditative chants as well as periods of silence. A candle-lit service lasting about an hour includes quiet chant from both within and outside the Taizé Community, readings from the scripture, sung and spoken prayer, incense, icons, and periods of meditative silence.

Daily Lenten Reflections

Saint Michael’s College students, faculty, staff and members of the worshipping community have come together to offer their reflections on the daily Scripture readings and what they are saying to us in our lives today–how they challenge and encourage us to feel God's presence, love, and forgiveness each day during this sacred time. We hope that these reflections inspire and help you grow deeper in your prayer life during the journey of Lent as we prepare for the Resurrection of Christ Jesus!

The daily Lenten Reflections can be found at: http://smclent.blogspot.com 

Guidelines for Lent

The time of Lent is observed by Catholics as a special season of prayer, penance and works of charity.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, in particular, are the most penitential days of the liturgical year. They are days of both fast and abstinence. All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.

The rule of fasting states that only one full meal a day can be taken. Two small meals, sufficient to maintain strength, are allowed, but together they should not equal another full meal. The rule of fasting obliges Catholics from age 18-59.

Abstinence refers to the eating of meat. The common estimation of the community is used to determine what falls under the category of meat. Self-imposed fasting on the other weekdays of Lent is recommended. Abstinence on all Fridays of the year is also highly recommended.

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