Participating in Lent we are engaging to patterns that have endured across the centuries. From very early times, we have the sense of accompanying the elect on their journey to the font. From long ago as the fourth century, we receive Lent as forty days to shake the dust from our spirituality and reorder our conduct. Then, fasting was not seen as a strict duty, yet it seems it was widely observed. Think of the rules of politeness and courtesy that everyone agrees on. Fasting was also seen as a social duty, since food was in short supply as winter wore on and the weak and the sick had the first claim on what remained on hand. As a boost to the fasting of the body, the church developed a richer spiritual fare, including the celebration of daily Eucharist. This practice began in Rome by the 6th century. Weekday Mass was only at designated stations. The pope would arrive on horseback at the stational church. In those days, although the catechumenate was already in full preparation mode, there were pre-baptismal activities at the stational Masses – the giving of the Lord’s Prayer, prayers for the godparents and constant reference to baptism.
LENTEN MASS SCHEDULE
OUR LENTEN MASS SCHEDULE WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
Tuesday & Thursday – 12:10p.m.
Friday: 7p.m. Stations of the Cross followed by Mass