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Lenten Season and Holy Week Resources

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Season of Lent & Holy Week: On-Line Lenten Resources, Activities & Devotions For Catholics, Orthodox and Protestant Christians 

 

The Season of Lent: Lent, Holy Week, Ash Wednesday"So what are you giving up for Lent?"  That was the common question my friends and I asked each other growing up in a Roman Catholic ethnic neighborhood.

 

Everyone knew that the Season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, had something to do with activities like making sacrifices, doing penance, thinking about Jesus' passion, and getting ready for Easter Sunday.

 

But few of my friends and neighbors, whether Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant, knew how Lent got started, why it was forty days long, and what the real point of it was.  That Lent was supposed to be a season of liberation, freedom, joy, and evangelization never really occurred to us.

 

The Lenten resources, activities and devotions below are intended to give us all a deeper insight into the meaning and power of the Lenten Season and to make Holy Week a truly life-changing experience of spiritual transformation.  Articles like "40 ways to Get the Most Out of Lent" are offered as practical ideas for Lenten devotions and practices for you, your family, and your parish.  On the practical side, we also have great devotions, prayers and readings for Holy Week and the Triduum.  Other articles share the meaning of Lent and reflections on key Scripture passages from the Lenten Sunday Readings, such as the Temptations of Jesus Christ in the Desert.  Still other readings from the Fathers of the Church cover the meaning of Christ's passion, and the three great Lenten weapons in the war of liberation from sin: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting

 

Lent, Holy Week, Ash WednesdayIn many cases, you can not only read these Lenten and Holy Week resources in html format but can download them in easily printable PDF format as well.  Please feel free to print, copy, and share freely.  We only ask that you leave the contact info for the Crossroads Initiative on any copies you make and distribute so that people can find their way back to our site for further resources for spiritual growth.

 

Don't forget the audio, video, and printed resources available from our shopping cart.  The CD "Who Needs Confession" and "Personal Prayer, Pathway to Joy" are perfect resources to enrich your Lenten experience.  And  the Feast of Faith audio/video series on the Eucharist would be an excellent way to deepen your understanding of the greatest Lenten resource of all!

 

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Feast of Faith - The Transforming Power of the Eucharist  

Feast of Faith, Resource on Eucharist

This enlightening, four-part adult faith formation series developed for the Year of the Eucharist is perfect for Lent, Dr. D’Ambrosio offers profound reflections on the nature of the Holy Eucharist – the “source and summit” of the Catholic faith throughout every season of the Church year.

 


 

The Meaning of the Passion

The Passion of the Christ - The Meaning of the PassionThe Passion of the Christ, the movie and the events it depicts - As we reflect on the Seven Last Words of Christ during Holy Week, we can't help but ask why it had to happen this way?  Wasn't there another way? This talk is a perfect complement to the film and The Guide to the Passion and will help you get the most out of the movie, recently rereleased, and the most out of the season. 

 


 

I Believe - The Heart of Catholic Faith

First given as a Lenten retreat, this is an awesome 4 session program to revitalize your faith and prepare you for the joy of Easter. Great for individuals or families or small groups. The workbook is a treasure of discussion questions, devotions and spiritual exercises that can serve as an easy-to-follow roadmap through the Lent or Holy Week that will break you out of stale patterns and enrich both your prayer and your understanding of the central truths of the Catholic faith, empowering you to share that faith with others.

 
Title Author Excerpt Download
Anatomy of Envy Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Atonement and the Prodigal Son Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Baptism as Circumcision of the Heart - Aphraates Aphraates - Bishop Yes Download
Beatitudes Introduction --Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Blood and Water From His Side - St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes Download
Boast only of the Lord-St Basil St. Basil the Great Yes Download
Buried With Christ in Baptism-St Basil St. Basil the Great Yes Download
Celebrating the Paschal Feast-Athanasius St. Athanasius Yes Download
Christ Teaches Us to Pray-Cyprian St. Cyprian Yes Download
Christ the Perfect Sacrifice-Fulgentius of Ruspe St. Fulgentius of Ruspe Yes Download
Christ, Model of Brotherly Love - St. Aelred, Abbot St. Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot Yes Download
Cleansing of the Temple Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Contemplation of Beauty-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Cardinal Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Cosmic Tree-Pseudo Chrysostom Anonymous Yes Download
Exultet -- The Easter Proclamation Anonymous No Download
Fear of the Lord-St. Hilary St. Hilary of Poitiers Yes Download
Five Paths of Repentance - John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes Download
Forty Days of Lent Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
From Tabor to Calvary: Did God Abandon Jesus? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
God and Mammon? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
God is Our Refuge-St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes Download
Good Friday - Victory of the Cross Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Good Friday, the True Day of Atonement--Origen Origen Yes Download
Gratitude for the Lord's Goodness - St. Basil St. Basil the Great Yes Download
Harden Not your Hearts--Bernard of Clairvaux St. Bernard of Clairvaux Yes Download
Heart of the World Preface-von Balthasar Hans Urs von Balthasar Yes Download
His Death is our Hope - St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Holy Saturday -- He Descended Into Hell Anonymous Yes Download
Holy Thursday - The Eucharist: The Body of Christ? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Holy Thursday Chrism Mass Homily Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Holy Week and Triduum Devotions Various No Download
Holy Week Readings and Thanksgiving Prayers Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes Download
Hope in Hardship Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Hope of Resurrection-Saint Clement of Rome St. Clement of Rome Yes Download
Humility, Humility, Humility, and Humility Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Imitate God's Generosity - St. Gregory Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
Jesus - Lamb of God? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Jesus' Self-Sacrifice-St John Fisher St. John Fisher Yes Download
John 3:16 and Grace Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus -- St. Bernardino of Siena San Bernardino of Siena Yes Download
Lamb that was Slain -- Melito of Sardis St. Melito of Sardis Yes Download
Lent 2006-Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Lent 2010 - Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No
Lent and the New Evangelization Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Lent, Noah's Ark, and Baptism Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Lenten Fasting and Almsgiving--St. Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Lenten Fasting or Feasting? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Lenten Message 2009 - Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Light of the World-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Liturgy in 4th Century Jerusalem-The Travels of Egeria Various Yes Download
Lord, You Know Me-St Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Martyrdom of St. Polycarp of Smyrna Anonymous No
Meaning of Christ's Sufferings -- Theodoret of Cyr Theodoret of Cyr Yes Download
Meaning of Lent & the Samaritan Woman Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Meaning of Mercy Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Meditating on Christ's Passion-Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Mercy of God-Maximus the Confessor St. Maximus the Confessor Yes
Moses and Christ -- St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes Download
Mystery of Mercy-Gregory the Great St. Gregory the Great Yes
Observing Holy Week-Gregory of Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
Obsessed With the Passion Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Old and New Covenant-Irenaeus St. Irenaeus of Lyons Yes
Overcoming Temptation -- St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Palm Sunday -- St. Andrew of Crete St. Andrew of Crete Yes Download
Palm Sunday- Victory of Humility Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Parable of the Lost Sheep --St. Asterius Saint Asterius of Amasea, Bishop Yes
Passion of the Whole Body of Christ - St Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Passion Sunday - Palm Sunday Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Pedagogy of the Law--Irenaeus St. Irenaeus of Lyons Yes
Perfection of Love - St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Pope Francis - Chrism Mass Pope Francis No Download
Power of Christian Prayer-Tertullian Tertullian Yes Download
Power of the Cross -- St. Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Prayer as Conversation with God - St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes Download
Prayer, Fasting and Mercy - St. Peter Chrysologus St. Peter Chrysologus Yes Download
Precious and Life-Giving Cross -- St. Theodore St. Theodore the Studite Yes Download
Preparing for Easter-Athanasius St. Athanasius Yes
Purification and Perfection through the Cross-Vatican II Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) Yes
Raising of Lazarus Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Reconciliation and the Prodigal Son Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Rejoice in his coming-Andrew of Crete St. Andrew of Crete Yes
Repentence, An Opportunity for Mercy -- St. Clement of Rome St. Clement of Rome Yes
Repentence-St Jerome St. Jerome Yes
Sacraments From the Lion of Judah Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Sacrifice of Isaac Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Samaritan Woman-St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Season of Lent --40 Ways to Get the Most Out of it Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Seeing God-Theophilus St. Theophilus of Antioch Yes
Serve Christ in the Poor-Gregory Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
Seven Last Words of Christ Jesus of Nazareth Yes Download
Temptations of Jesus Christ-Jeff Cavins Jeff Cavins No Download
Terrorism and the Victory of the Cross Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
The Adulterous Woman Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
The Temptation of Jesus Christ in the Desert Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Transfiguration, Law and Grace - St. Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes Download
Triumph and Exaltation of the Holy Cross--Andrew of Crete St. Andrew of Crete Yes Download
True Repentence of Sin-2nd Century Church Father Anonymous Yes
Truly Catholic Mercy Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Unless a Grain of Wheat Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Victoria de la Santa Cruz Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Virtue of Charity-St. Leo St. Leo the Great Yes Download
We Pray to Him and Through Him -- St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Works of Mercy Various No Download
Wounds of Christ-Saint Bernard St. Bernard of Clairvaux No

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