Lent 2024

Lent 2024

OUR THEME FOR LENT 2024 - CREATE IN ME, O GOD

For the past few years, we have chosen a theme in our parishes during the Lenten Season to help us center our spiritual focus and prayer, seeking renewal in many aspects of our faith lives. Lent is more than a catchy name given to the weeks leading up to Easter. Rather, it is a period of 40 days we should take seriously as a time to grow and reflect on how we can improve ourselves as disciples of Christ.

This year, we have chosen “Create in Me, O God” as our theme. These words are inspired by Psalm 51, one of the Penitential Psalms, which asks the Lord to clean sin and impurity to make ourselves true and pure servants, ready in mind and heart, to follow Christ and His teachings. By his Passion and Crucifixion, Christ will die to sin to live eternally for us, and bring us with Him into unending paradise. We cannot be made ready for this reward if we do not, ourselves, choose to die to sin and follow closely His path.

Each week, we will ask God, to “Create in Us” loving and clean hearts, fervent spirits, and a longing to abide by God’s will in order to attain His kingdom. We cannot expect to experience the joy of Easter fully, and its true reality in our lives, if we do not first give ourselves fully to the true Lenten Journey.


Lenten Guidelines and Practices

Lent is a 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It is a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.

The following fasting and abstinence regulations are observed:

During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began a new life in Christ. 

Lent is a penitential season. It is a time to seek forgiveness, to look inward, and to admit our shortcomings and failures. All faithful of the Diocese of Scranton are reminded of Diocesan Statute No. 41, which addresses the penitential aspect of Lent: 

“The season of Lent is penitential in nature and during Lent penance should be not only internal and individual, but also external and social (Sacrosanctum Concilium, No. 5, 109). Pastors are obliged to avoid scheduling activities in the parishes which in any way could possibly detract from the external and social penance required by Lent.”

How can you spend your time during Lent? 

One of the greatest opportunities given by the Church to assist us in our response to the Lord’s invitation to conversion is found in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.