Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 26 March

Prayer candles in church CAFOD Lent

Candles flicker in St George’s cathedral, Southwark diocese

I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations.

Isaiah 42:1-7

Today’s reading from Isaiah is a real blessing. God anoints us, his people, with the light of faith. And through the gift of faith we are called to live our lives with justice.

This week, we journey with Jesus into the night of death. How can we let light shine through the darkness? 

Pope Francis says, “It is precisely in contemplating Jesus’ death that faith grows stronger and receives a dazzling light; then it is revealed as faith in Christ’s steadfast love for us, a love capable of embracing death to bring us salvation.” (Lumen Fidei #16) 

Let us pray the light of Christ will illumine our hearts and all those we meet.

Prayer for Holy Week

Mother, help our faith! 
Help us to entrust ourselves fully to God and to believe in his love,
especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross.
Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus,
that he may be light for our path.

This prayer is adapted from the encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei.


Download our Stations of the Cross reflection. Please remember our sisters and brothers living in poverty in your prayers this week.

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