With the Christian season of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 1, there are a number of reflection opportunities available to members of the Holy Cross community throughout the Lenten Season, in addition to services held on campus. Each strives to provide a way to enter into the sacred season in the midst of everyday life. Explore the different opportunities below.
For the third year, the Office of the Vice President for Mission will offer a daily Lenten reflection booklet, “Return to Me: Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross, 2017.” This annual resource contains reflections written by a wide variety of people with connections to the College — faculty, current students, chaplains, staff, and alumni of the College. Those who subscribe will be sent an email each morning containing a reflection and the listing of sacred texts from Scripture for each day of Lent. To sign up for the daily Lenten reflection email, or to download the PDF, please visit www.holycross.edu/returntome.
Members of the Holy Cross community are also invited to participate in “A Book for Lent.” The tradition began with St. Benedict in the 5th century, who, in Chapter 48 of his Holy Rule, writes: “During this time of Lent each [monk or nun] is to receive a book from the library and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent.” For the monks and nuns participating, the books were not always religious in nature; sometimes, they were works of fiction or poetry. Thus began a long and continuing tradition of spiritual reading during the six weeks of Lent. For a modern application of this practice, the Office of the Vice President for Mission offers ten short and accessible suggestions:
The books marked with an asterisk (*) have also been selected for a Lenten book discussion group, which will meet on campus three times during Lent. For more information on the discussion group or to register, please email Rev. Paul Harman, S.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ash Wednesday, March 1; Ashes will be distributed at all services.
Daily Mass, Monday-Friday
Friday Confessions, Fridays of Lent
Stations of the Cross, Fridays of Lent
Lenten Eucharistic Vigil, Friday, April 7
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