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Lent Prayers

The Meaning of Lent

Lent is the 40 day period in the Church calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and finishes on Maundy Thursday. Because Easter is a movable feast, the dates vary from year to year.

Lent is really about denying yourself of something that you enjoy in order to be reminded that it's God that you depend on in life, that it's your heavenly Father that you most need in life - not facebook or a favourite food. This is the real meaning of Lent. In this way Lent mirrors the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. He voluntarily removed himself from the pleasures of life and company of people so that he could draw close to God, hear from Him, and prepare Himself for what was to come - an intense period of public ministry culminating in a gruesome death and extraordinary resurrection.

Further down on this page is a Children's prayer for lent, as well as some good Anglican and Catholic prayers for this season.

resources on this page

The Season of Lent

A thought-provoking short film on the real meaning of Lent. The author develops the idea of Lent being a time of fasting and feasting - not in food but in attitudes. For example, fasting anger, feasting on patience, and fasting selfishness, feasting on compassion. Worth watching and sharing:-

Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.

Pope Francis

Children and Lent

Before praying the prayer (below) with your Sunday school class or children, you may want to point out one or two things about Lent:-
We don't just give something up for Lent. The reason we give it up is to get closer to God. For example, if we have given up chocolate for Lent, when we want some, we remember that we have given it up so we can pray instead.
We can give anything up for Lent - it doesn't have to be food, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a "bad" thing or an "indulgent" thing. But it does need to be something that we will miss, and is important to us. So for children a favourite T.V. cartoon or a computer game might be a difficult (and good!) thing to give up.

A Children's Prayer for Lent

Lord, please show me what I should give up for Lent
And when I've given it up
Remind me to pray to You instead
To thank You
To love You
To hear from You
Each and every day in Lent

(a modern children's prayer for seeking God from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Good Lent craft activity for Children

Watch this video and learn how to make a lamb washcloth. When your child washes themselves during lent they can remember that Jesus cleanses them from everything they have done wrong - He is the one, the "lamb of God", who takes away their "dirt" and makes them completely spotless:-

Anglican Prayers for Lent

Prayer on Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Prayer for Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations;
and, as you know the weaknesses of
each of us, let each one find you mighty to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.

Catholic Lenten Prayer

Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

More pages to help with the season of lent...

here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey