England & Wales
Lent is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the Lenten liturgy prepares for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian Initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.
Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar, 27
By your gracious gift each year
your faithful await the sacred paschal feasts
with joy of minds made pure,
so that, more eagerly intent on prayer
and on the works of charity,
and participating in the mysteries
by which they have been reborn,
that may be led to the fullness of grace
that you bestow on your sons and daughters.
cf. Roman Missal, Preface I of Lent
Cycle of Prayer — Lent
- Candidates for the Sacraments
- especially on the Sundays of Lent
- The Needy and Hungry of the World
- especially on Lent Fast Day (Friday after 1st Sunday of Lent)
- Women's World Day of Prayer
- (1st Friday in March)
- Penitents and Wanderers
Visit the Roman Missal website
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments have informed Bishops' Conferences that from henceforward St Joseph is to be insert into Eucharistic Prayers II-IV in the Roman Missal.
For further information and resources.
- Information about Become One Body One Spirit in Christ DVD
- Department Secretary:
- Fr Paul Gunter OSB
- Department Assistant Secretary & Director Liturgy Office:
- Mr Martin Foster
- Admin Assistant:
- Jo Utteridge
- Liturgy Office
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- Liturgical Calendar
- Cycle of Prayer
Department for Christian Life and Worship
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The Department for Christian Life and Worship is one of the six Departments of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. It is advised by three Committees: