†⛪ Practicing Lent
Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of penance, in the form of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection, a time to focus on your relationship with God. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday is a feast day that represents a "mini-Easter," and even during Lent, Sundays remind us that the darkness will not last forever and Jesus is victorious in his Resurrection!
†⛪ Sunday Testimonies
A Lenten tradition at Holy Mary is hearing testimonies from parishioners about the power of faith, and the role that it plays in their daily lives. Every Sunday we invite anyone to share their personal experience with God, all ages are encouraged to participate, a sign up sheet is in the entrance way.
†⛪ Friday Stations of the Cross & Soup
Please join us each Friday during Lent to meditate on The Stations of the Cross followed by fellowship downstairs. The stations are a 14-step devotional that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. Our stations are in the form of plaques placed around the perimeter of our upstairs worship area. There are prayer books available that will guide us on this Lenten pilgrimage. A tradition during lent at Holy Mary of Guadalupe Church is to gather each week to walk the stations of the cross and to share a pot of soup together.
†⛪ Rice Bowls & Prayers
On the table in the entrance way, you will find rice bowls that you can take home to facilitate almsgiving and charity. There are also prayer cards containing the name of a family or person in our parish to pray for during this Lenten season.