Lent 2018 prayers

20 February 2018

Return without fear, for this is the favourable time to come home… It is the time for allowing one’s heart to be touched… 

Pope Francis

Our beautiful Lenten prayers and reflections offer you the opportunity to reflect on your own or in your parish.

We pray that we may allow our hearts to be touched this Lent by the cry of our sisters and brothers living in poverty. 

Lenten reflections

Our Lent calendar is designed to accompany you on your spiritual journey, with daily prayers and meditations from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week. Give yourself some quiet time for reflection each day to draw closer to God in prayer.

In Pope Francis's words, Lent is a perfect time to pause, and "leave behind the unrest and commotion that fill the soul". 

Follow our Lent 2018 calendar

Lent prayers

Say our grace at mealtimes during Lent, giving thanks to God who nourishes us with his love and praying for justice for those who are hungry. Use our intercessions in your parish for Sundays in Lent.

Read our Lent prayer

The Lent grace shows a photo of Svondo, a 7-year-old Zimbabwean boy whose family is being helped by a CAFOD-funded nutrition project. His mother Marian has a flourishing vegetable garden, after receiving seeds, tools and good advice from the project. While Marian’s older children suffered when little from severe malnutrition, Svondo is growing strong on a wide variety of fruit, nuts and vegetables. 

Read our intercessions

Stations of the Cross

Meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross, following themes of justice, poverty, mercy, friendship and hope. Our Stations of the Cross reflection, accompanied by powerful images from around the world, is perfect to use in your parish or community, or as a private Lent devotional journey for Lent. There are also accompanying leader's notes to help you to organise the Stations in your group.

Thank you for your kind generosity and for your prayers, which are at the heart of all we do.

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