Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 25 March - Palm Sunday

Cynthia with her family in Zimbabwe CAFOD Lent

Cynthia from Zimbabwe says, “The garden community helped me. I felt the burden lifted from my shoulders.”

“My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here, and keep awake.” And going on a little further he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, this hour might pass him by.

Mark 14:1-15:47

Jesus walks away from his friends to seek the presence of God. Alone and in tears, he pours out his heart in the garden of sorrows.   

Today as we journey with Jesus to the Cross, let us pray for God’s children who are suffering.

Cynthia runs a community vegetable garden in Zimbabwe. The people in her village share the garden to grow food and earn a living. The community has become like a family to Cynthia, supporting her through good times as well as bad.

“I lost a child,” she tells us. “The garden community helped me. They came to spend days with me. They brought food and cooked for people. They sang and told jokes. I felt the burden lifted from my shoulders. At times, I could forget that I was facing a funeral.

“It was only when they were gone that I felt the sadness come back. I only started mourning when I was alone.”

Let us pray for all those who, like our Lord Jesus, feel crushed by grief and sorrow.

Palm Sunday prayer

Jesus Lamb of God, have mercy on us. When we feel overcome with pain, help us to remember your love for us. Amen. 


Cynthia is now stronger and her garden is flourishing. Smiling, she told us: “I hope you will share our story with those who are helping and show them that their money has not been wasted. I am very, very grateful. May God bless you.”

Please give to our Lent appeal if you haven’t already so that our partners can help more villages to plan community gardens. Thank you.  

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