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Feb. 18, 2023

58 ideas for what to do for Lent this year

58 ideas for what to do for Lent this year

What are the three main considerations for the Lenten season for Catholics and some typical responses?

  • Pray: form a habit of daily prayer if you haven’t and/or increase prayer time
  • Fast: typically giving up an attachment or something taking effort
  • Give: almsgiving much as the Rice Bowl, donating to nonprofits serving the poor or other Parish projects

Many people focus on the same things each year, such as what to give up. The Church gives us three areas to focus on, yet many of us focus on only one. Below are 58 ideas on what you can do for Lent this year, especially in the area of drawing our hearts closer to Jesus and developing a consistent and deeper prayer life. Some resources have a cost (e.g., some books) while others are free. There are lots of ways to approach Lent to deepen our knowledge of Christ and His Passion which also provides rich material for meditation in prayer.

Pray the Stations of the Cross

Pray the Rosary or a Chaplet

Read a Lenten devotional book or online meditation

Read a book on the Passion of the Christ

Read a fictional book about the Passion

Take an online Scripture study course

Read poetry and view art

Pray a litany for Lent

Pray a novena for Lent

Find a new Catholic app that turns your phone into a prayer resource

  • The Catholic Apptitude website reviews the best phone apps for Lent, including those for prayer, confession, meditation, music and more.
  • The Hallow App includes dozens of ways to pray during Lent and year-round.

Attend Mass more often

Go to Confession

Start praying the Divine Office

Listen to Holy music

Take an online retreat

Watch a movie

Make a Holy Hour and spend time in Adoration