There’s Nine Days Until Lent Begins. Here’s A Novena To Help You Get Ready.


FATHER, all-powerful and ever-living God,

During the Holy Season of Lent

You call us to a closer union with Yourself.

Help me to prepare to celebrate

The Paschal Mystery

With mind and heart renewed.

Give me a spirit of loving reverence

For You, our Father,

And of willing service to my neighbor.

As I recall the great events

That gave us new life in Christ,

Bring the image of Your Son

To perfection within my soul.

This great season of grace is Your gift

To Your family to renew us in spirit.

Give me strength to purify my heart,

To control my desires,

And so to serve You in freedom,

Teach me how to live

In this passing world with my heart set

On the world that will never end.

I ask for the grace

To master my sinfulness

And conquer my pride.

I want to show to those in need

Your goodness to me by being kind to all.

Through my observance of Lent,

Help me to correct my faults

And raise my mind to You,

And thus grow in holiness

That I may deserve

The reward of everlasting life.

In Your mercy grant me this special favor
[name a special intention]

The days of the life-giving Death

And glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Your Son, are approaching.

This is the hour

When He triumphed over Satan’s pride,

The time when we celebrate

The great event of our Redemption.

The Suffering and Death of Your Son

Brought life to the whole world,

Moving our hearts to praise Your glory.

The power of the Cross reveals

Your judgment on this world

And the kingship of Christ crucified.

Father, through His love for us

And through His Sufferings, Death and Resurrection,

May I gain eternal life with You in heaven.


Thanks to Msgr. Charles Pope