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

Dear Students, Parents, Alumni, and Friends,

In the weeks before Ash Wednesday, a group of Edmundites, faculty, staff and students considered the readings of the Sundays of Lent and extracted the statement which appears on banners hanging outside on our campus Chapel above the main lobby entrance and facing route 15. This Lent our focus statement is "Believe in the gift of God, withhold nothing, and live the truth." We have also planned a number of devotional activities outlined on our web page and we have again made available a daily blog containing reflections on the scripture readings from the liturgies in Lent and Holy Week accessible at http://smclent.blogspot.com/.

Every year on the Second Sunday of Lent we hear proclaimed at Mass the Gospel story of Jesus being transfigured on a high mountain in the presence of his three closest disciples, Peter, James and John. It is a dramatic story and appears in all three of what are called the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. Each Gospel author places this marvelous narrative in different places in the Jesus story but the purpose and impact is the same. It serves as a foreshadowing of the resurrection and glory to come to Jesus as he journeys from town to town preaching a new vision of the Kingdom of God and eventually meets his enemies in Jerusalem.

The Transfiguration is such an important event in the life of Jesus that the Church designates August 6th as a feast day commemorating this transformative experience. Jesus is transfigured physically before the three disciples and encounters God the Father in an intimate and profound way. As in his baptism, Jesus is once again referred to by the Father as “my beloved son.” Often times Jesus is seen going off to a quiet place to pray and be with the Father, particularly after long days of ministry to people seeking him out. With each encounter with the Father, Jesus himself is transformed and made stronger so that he can continue his ministry. His faith and resolve is strengthened with each encounter with God in prayer. So too for us.

The season of Lent is a particular time for us to emulate the example of Jesus in the practice of prayer. We join with Jesus in this 40 day period praying that we too experience a transformation as Jesus did atop the mountain. We strive and hope for our own transformation through admitting our sins and celebrating the many gifts God has given us by helping others. Lent is an opportunity to step up our contemplative prayer so that we can hear the voice of God say to us “you are my beloved child” as Jesus heard himself. For indeed each one of us is God’s beloved.

Our ultimate hope beyond Lent is to enter the mystery of the transfiguration in a personal way as we make our own pilgrimage journey back to God. The resurrection of Jesus at Easter is the ultimate mystery and foundation of our faith. One day we too will share in Christ’s resurrection and experience a transformation to new life forever at the banquet of heaven. Having just celebrated the funeral of my sister Patricia, this belief of our faith is a great consolation.

I hope you will join us in prayer this Lenten season as we prepare for the glorious celebration of Easter.


Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E. ’86
Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry

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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