Prayer during Lent

During Lent, we rededicate ourselves to prayer by beginning and ending the day in prayer, participating at daily Mass or attending a Lenten retreat or presentation. Here are some ways you can pray during this season.

Lenten Soup Suppers/Retreats

Many parishes hold retreats or parish missions during Lent as a way to encourage the community to spend more time in prayer. Some parishes include soup suppers along with the retreats/presentations to bring the community together for a simple meal during Lent. 

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a popular Lenten devotion that retraces the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. On the Fridays of Lent, local Catholic are invited to gather at their churches to pray the Stations of the Cross together. There are a variety of ways in which the Stations are presented so the faithful can reflect on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.


Adoration is spending time before the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration is usually a quiet time in which individuals or a small group or individual can pray traditional Catholic devotions, mediate on the Scriptures or participate in quiet personal prayer.

Daily Mass

An easy way to spend more time in prayer during Lent is making an effort to attend daily weekday Mass. Many churches offer Mass in the morning, at lunch time or in the early evening. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano celebrates Mass at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Diocese of Rochester Pastoral Center, located on Buffalo Road in Gates. The community is welcome to attend that Mass.

Books for spiritual nourishment

“Sacred Space for Lent 2020” by the Irish Jesuits. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2020). 98 pp., $3.95
“Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living” by Vinita Hampton Wright. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2019). 384 pp., $14.95
“2020: A Book of Grace-Filled Days” by Amy Welborn. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2019). 408 pp., $14.95.

“Jesus, Friend of My Soul: Reflections for the Lenten Journey” by Joyce Rupp. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2020). 128 pp., $13.95.
“Messages of Trust for Lent 2020” by Michael White and Tom Corcoran. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2019). 64 pp., $1.95.
“The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2020” by Greg Kandra. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2019). 196 pp., $2.25.
“Living Memento Mori: My Journey Through the Stations of the Cross” by Emily M. DeArdo. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2020). 128 pp., $13.95.
“Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat With St. Ignatius Loyola” by Joseph Laramie, SJ. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2019). 160 pp., $14.95.

The Way of the Cross With St. John Paul II” by Father Herbert Niba Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2019). 96 pp., $5.95.
“Encountering Mother Teresa” by Linda Schaefer. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2019). 288 pp., $39.95.

“A Devotional Journey into the Easter Mystery: How Prayerful Participation in the Paschal Mystery Brings Life, Joy and Happiness” by Christopher Carstens. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2020). 225 pp., $18.95.
“Holy Handmaids of the Lord: Women Saints Who Won the Battle for Souls” by Julie Onderko. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2019). 149 pp., $14.95.
“A Lenten Journey With Mother Mary” by Father Edward Looney. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2020). 144 pp., $14.95.

Faith Alive!