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Not sure how you want to grow spiritually this Lent?
Here are some ideas for prayers and devotions to do during the season of Lent.
10 Prayers and Devotions for Lent
While this list is primarily for Catholics, there are several that any Christian observing Lent can do.
Being Your Morning in Prayer
Here is a simple way to start your day:
“Lord, I offer you this day, and all that I think, and do, and say.”
Want a slightly longer one? I completely adore this prayer from St. Ignatius which we say as a stewardship prayer at our Colorado parish.
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and possess. You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it. Dispose of it according to your will.
Give me your love and your grace, for that, is sufficient for me.”
Attend Daily Mass
I am fortunate that our Colorado parish has Mass each day. Actually, they have TWO morning Masses during the week.
My goal this Lent is to attend at least ONE Mass during the week. A bonus is getting there early enough to get into Confession.
Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries
These help us focus upon Jesus’ suffering and death upon the cross.
If you do not already pray the Rosary as a family, consider adding this to your week.
Make the Stations of the Cross
This is a favorite family activity of mine, especially when we are up in Alaska. Our parish there has weekly Soup and Stations. The combination of a simple meal with fellowship followed by communal prayer is quite powerful.
Read Scripture Daily
This could be your choosing passages, reading the Daily Readings, or taking what I call the Holy Spirit approach of praying over your Bible and then opening up to a page (with eyes closed), pointing and reading from where your finger lands.
Pray the Seven Penitential Psalms
These are Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 and 143.
Spend Time in Adoration
I am doubly fortunate that both my Alaska and Colorado parishes have Perpetual Adoration. Spending time in front of the Blessed Sacrament is quite powerful.
While you can read Scripture, pray specific prayers or work through a spiritual devotional, the most powerful encounters I have had involved silently resting in the Lord.
Abstain From Meat More than on Fridays
Some of the orthodox Catholics give up meat for the entire season of Lent. With our western culture so dependant upon meat as the main dish, going for an extra vegetarian meal each week may seem quite challenging.
Listen to Spiritual Music or a Spiritual Speaker
Find music that speaks to your soul. It can lift you up or maybe cause you to ponder more deeply on a specific topic.
Keep a Lenten Journal
Grab a fresh notebook and start writing. I already have a Mass Journal where I record things that strike me during the homily. But, this one goes beyond that.
What can you include? Add spiritual insights gained when reading Scripture, in prayer or other venues. Put in special intentions, people you want to pray for, hurts and disappointments you are offering up, and note how you are doing with Lenten resolutions.
Which of these Prayers and Devotions is tugging at your heart this Lent?
40 Days of Seeking Him Sampler
If you have been reading the blog for a while, then you might recall that this link up started in 2011 as a daily one. I didn’t always participate in the link up but have made an effort to do it as often as possible. We switched to a weekly link up format which means at least one anchor post per week here.
I decided to pull together a ‘sampler’ as a free ebook to subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, just open up a recent weekly newsletter and click over to the appropriate “subscriber only” page.
If you are not currently a subscriber, you can get your copy when you sign up.