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Lent and Easter: Useful links 

PUBLISHED 15 February 2023

Each year, the Church makes its pilgrimage to the cross and beyond—through the refining trials of the wilderness, to the heart-rending breakthrough of Calvary and into the expansive Easter hope that motivates and animates all that we do. This selection of useful and inspiring resources and articles from around the web has been collected to help you enter more deeply into the Lent and Easter seasons.

Lent in 3 minutes, produced by Busted Halo—a brief and engaging video explaining the basics of Lent 

The Pope’s messages for Lent, available in English and a range of other languages

What is Lent?—an overview of the season from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

Lent resources from Loyola Press, including:

Easter resources from Loyola Press, including Easter lesson plans for children and a range of Easter-themed articles

Paschale Solemnitatis—a circular letter concerning the preparation and celebration of the Easter feasts, from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 1988

The 2023 Triumph Lenten program from the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong—a popular and beautifully designed book of daily reflections for the season of Lent that can be ordered through the diocese’s website

From Ashes to Hope—a book of daily, Scripture-based reflections from Evangelisation Brisbane for Lent and Easter 2023, which can be ordered through their website and used by busy individuals or adapted for groups

The Jerusalemm Journey: the 2023 Lenten audio retreat from the popular Pray as you go devotional app, produced by Jesuit Ministries UK

A rich and comprehensive collection of Lenten prayer and devotional resources from Hallow, the popular subscription-based Catholic prayer app

Project Compassion—Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal

‘Lent and Social Justice’—an exploration of the Lenten call to recognise the face of Christ in all those in need, from the Justice and Peace Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

A free, video-based Way of the Cross from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, using the Gospel of Mark and featuring the beautiful carved stations of the late Melbourne sculptor Leopoldine (Poldi) Mimovich that reside in the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Deepdene

Laudato si’ Stations of the Cross—a free, downloadable liturgy booklet from the Columbans in Australia, and Lenten Odyssey: Our Human Calling in Christ Jesus, a series of reflections on the Sundays in Lent, Year C, also from the Columbans.

The Little Way of Lent, from Shalom Media—an Australian series of video reflections for kids, presented by Ann Rennie

‘Ave Explores: Lent’—a series of Lenten-themed conversations from the Ave Explores podcast, produced by Ave Maria Press

A Guide to Night Prayer for Lent, a free downloadable ‘Liturgy of the Hours’ resource for families, from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame (USA)

‘The Triduum in Art’ (artwork-based reflections for each day of the Triduum) and ‘A Lenten Playlist: 40 songs in 40 days’, both also from the McGrath Institute for Church Life

From The Summit Online

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Way of the Cross—Year C (Gospel of Luke)
Walking in the Spirit: Plenary Council prayer campaign
New online training program for liturgical ministers
The Easter Vigil: Jesus raises a body for himself
Proclaiming the Word of God during the Lent and Easter seasons  
Mary, women and waiting on God
Celebrating Laudato Si’ Sunday 2022
Resources for Sea Sunday 2022
On the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II: prayers of intercession and liturgy notes
Parish resources for Continental Stage of Synod of Bishops
Resources for Red Wednesday 2022
Guidance on the commemoration of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI  
Resources for Word of God Sunday 2023
Inner stillness: Meditation and waiting
Psalms and liturgical life, psalms and life
Psalmody and hymnody: Scripture in song
An overview of readings for Advent, Year C
Making sense of psalm numbering
Prayer and conversion
The hand examen: A prayer for all
Prayers of blessing and healing in the RCIA: A pocket guide
Advent and Christmas: Useful links
Luke: The missionary disciple
The blessings of Advent and Christmas
The reader of God’s word
Advent: The Grace of Waiting
Music and hymns: Useful links
Prayer: Useful links
Word of God Sunday: Useful links
Synod 2021–2023: Information and resources
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