~ 2 Corinthians 6:2, from the
Ash Wednesday reading
Prayer, fasting and alms-giving are central practices during Lent. On this page, throughout the season, we will seek to provide you with resources which deepen the meaning of this season, which create the space for personal and social transformation, and which promote the peace and justice which are at the center of Jesus’ call to discipleship.
Our Common Lenten Prayer
This is the fast that pleases me:
to break unjust fetters,
to let the oppressed go free,
to share your bread with the hungry
and shelter the homeless poor.
If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry
and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness. (Isaiah 58:6-7, 10)
All praise be yours, God our Creator,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the flowering of justice
and the fullness of peace.
All praise for this day, this season.
By our weekly fasting and prayer
cast out the spirit of war, of fear and mistrust,
and make us grow hungry for human kindness, thirsty for solidarity
with all the people of your dear earth.
May all our prayer, our fasting and our deeds
be done in the name of Jesus. Amen.
(Source: Archdiocese of Chicago, 1983)
REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAYS AND HOLY DAYS
On this page throughout the season, we’ll be featuring reflections from a variety of authors of past Lenten booklets, in addition to this year’s, The Light of Lent Through the Gospels: Reflections for Lent 2013, by Megan McKenna, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. We’ll also be sending our weekly Lenten emails sent directly to your inbox if you’re subscribed to our free email service. (Click here to sign up if you are not already subscribed to our free email service.)
- Ash Wednesday, February 13, by Megan McKenna
- First Sunday of Lent, February 17, by Rev. Carroll Stuhlmueller, OP
- Second Sunday of Lent, February 24, by Rev. Joseph Healey, MM
- Third Sunday of Lent, March 3, by Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SSND
- Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10, by Tom Cordaro
- Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 17, by Scott Wright and Jean Stokan
- Palm/Passion Sunday, March 24, by Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson
- Holy Thursday, March 28, by John Zokovitch
- Good Friday, March 29, by M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D.
- Holy Saturday, March 30, by Rev. Joseph Nangle, ofm
- Easter Sunday, March 31, by Joyce Hollyday (link will be live after 3am, Easter Sunday, March 31)
PRAY-STUDY-ACT EACH WEEK OF LENT
- First Week of Lent, February 17-23
- Second Week of Lent, February 24-March 2
- Third Week of Lent, March 3-9
- Fourth Week of Lent, March 10-16
- Fifth Week of Lent, March 17-23
- Holy Week, March 24-30
- The Light of Lent Through the Gospels: Reflections for Lent 2013 by Megan McKenna (more by Megan: She Who Brings Peace)
- Lenten resources available in the Pax Christi USA Store, especially Gateway To Resurrection by Joan Chittister (Spanish); Go Into All The World, an Easter greeting card; and Imagine a World: Poetry for Peacemakers
- PC-Metro NY Lenten Reflection 2013
- Lead Us from War to Peace: A Service of Repentance
- Litany for Peace: A prayer from Pax Christi USA to use daily throughout Lent
- Litany of Repentance from the Fruits of War
- An Examination of Conscience
- Spirituality of Soil: A Lenten Journey from Cosmic Dust to Easter Garden
- Resources from the USCCB for Lent
SPECIAL EVENTS AND DAYS OF OBSERVANCE
Bread is Life Campaign
Pax Christi International is inviting people around the world to fast this Lent for a just peace in Syria. Pax Christi International launched the campaign to raise awareness about the suffering of civilian communities in Syria and to express solidarity with those who are trying to survive in Syria and as refugees in surrounding countries. Click here for more information.
Good Friday Observances
Traditionally, many Pax Christi USA local groups plan and stage a “Way of the Cross” event on Good Friday, connecting the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war. Below are resources for groups interested in undertaking a Way of the Cross in their community on Good Friday. Also please let us know if you have a Way of the Cross planned in your community. We will list below the names of groups, with contact information, which will be staging a Way of the Cross this year.
Good Friday Way of the Cross Resources
- PC-Metro New York has been doing a Way of the Cross for 30 years. For information on how to do a Way of the Cross, contact PC-MNY’s Rosemarie Pace at email@example.com
- From the Gainesville Catholic Worker/PC-Gainesville, Way of the Cross script from 2009
- An Earth Day Eco Stations of the Cross
- The Stations of Justice
- The Stations of the Cross with John Paul II: On the path of ecological conversion
- Gateway to Resurrection by Joan Chittister (Spanish)
- Good Friday Peace Walk, Table of Many Breads (Last Supper Service), and Easter Morning Service in Our Prayers Rise Like Incense: Liturgies for Peace
Good Friday Way of the Cross Events, 2013
- ATLANTA: Good Friday Pilgrimage, March 29, 9am-12:30pm, Begins at the State Capital and ends at the MLK, Jr Memorial Crypt, sponsored by Justice & Peace Ministries.
- BRADENTON, FL: Pax Christi Manasota will hold its 7th annual Way of the Cross on Good Friday through the streets of Bradenton. Script will alternate between Spanish and English, covering various social and governmental agencies that deal with the immigrant, homeless and poor. Departure at 11:30am at Stillpoint House of Prayer, the corner of 14th Street W. and 17th Avenue W., where there is ample parking across the street, and end at 1:30pm in front of the Manatee Court House.
- CHICAGO: Members of Pax Christi Seed Planters are joining 8th Day for Justice and other justice groups on Friday, March 29, at noon, at Congress and Michigan, in Chicago, Illinois. The march stops at different locations and connects each station with a social justice issue of our times.
- DENVER: The Maryknoll Affiliates lead a city-wide walk through downtown, including sites such as the war memorial, the county jail, the human services and education departments, and the Federal Center. At each site we carry a big cross, pound in a nail, and have a thoughtful reading that is scriptural and justice and peace-oriented toward issues of the day. Contact: Larry Griffin at 303-771-1146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- NAPERVILLE, IL: On Friday, March 22nd at 7:30 pm there will be a Peace & Justice Way of the Cross at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Naperville entitled,”Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” Everyone is welcome.
- NEW YORK CITY: Pax Christi Metro New York is probably best known for its Good Friday Way of the Cross, which was its founding event. Our 31st consecutive Good Friday Way of the Cross, commemorating Jesus’ suffering in His own life and in the lives of people throughout the world today, will take place on March 29th, starting at Dag Hammarksjold Plaza, across from Holy Family Church, at 8:30 AM. It proceeds along 42nd Street to Holy Cross Church, ending around noon. Please come and pray with us. Visit nypaxchristi.org for more information.
- RICHMOND, VA: On March 29, Good Friday, Christians from our city will once again gather for prayer on the streets of Church Hill. As we remember the events that led to Jesus’ suffering and death, we also remember his life and ministry. We will pray for our city and our world, that we might follow Jesus’ way of Love. Our theme this year is “Take up your cross – Follow me”. Our pilgrimage covers 2 1/2 miles, starting at Patrick Henry Park (24th and Broad) at 11:45 am, and ending across the street in the graveyard at St. John’s Church by 3 pm. We invite everyone to join us for all or part of our pilgrimage. For more information, contact Holy Rosary Church, 222-1105.
- SPRINGFIELD, IL: The annual Good Friday Way of the Cross for Peace and Justice will be held on March 29, 2013 beginning at noon at the Supreme Court Building, 2nd & Capitol. The walk is sponsored by Pax Christi Springfield, Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and Springfield Dominican Sisters. For more information, call 217-652-3567. Change of location in case of rain will be found at http://www.paxchristispfld.org.
- ST. PAUL, MN: In South Saint Paul, we carry a 9 foot cross from church to church, and the cemetery. We read scripture at each church and sing as we walk. We end up at our local food shelf. It is ecumenucal, so we have people from every church. We begin at noon. Contact Liz at email@example.com for more info.
- UTICA, NY: “Transforming Power of Love-Violence Ends Where Love Begins,” a 1.5 mile interfaith walk on Good Friday, March 29, from 10am to noon. Meet at 10am at 309 Genesee St., Utica (former St. Francis De Sales School). Walk will begin and end at this location. Parking is available in the DeSales parking lot. Van rides are available for those not walking. Call Mary C. at 853-2366 or Jane D. at 723-4506 or Sandy W. at 723-0261 for more information. The event is coordinated by Mohawk Valley Pax Christi.