February 11, 2009
Our Lady of Lourdes and Lent
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the 151st Anniversary of Our Ladyís first appearance to Saint Bernadette. What a beautiful parallel is given to us by the Lord in this feast falling just before the season of Lent.
Lourdes today is a place of faith and healing. Lent is a time in which we renew the faith of our Baptism and present all of our brokenness and wounds to Jesus for His healing love to touch us and make us whole again.
May the example and intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes lead us to a deeper surrender of our lives this Lent, that we may commend ourselves into the arms of Mercy.
The Season of Lent and the Blessed Virgin Mary

The commentary in the Sacramentary of the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the votive Mass, "Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord," says about Lent:

Lent is a "journey" for the faithful, during which they "more diligently listen to the word of God and devote themselves to prayer with greater earnestness" [SC 109], and during which they are ready to bear the cross with greater zeal, so that with minds and hearts renewed they may reach a more worthy celebration of the Easter festival. In this way they show themselves true disciples of Christ, hearing his words and seeking to make them their own (see Luke 8:15), following in his footsteps in self-denial (see Matthew 16:24), and striving to stand by his cross in faithful witness (see John 19:26).

The Blessed Virgin Mary was such a disciple. One of the prefaces in the Marian Mass, "The Commending of the Blessed Virgin Mary," sums up the Marian outlook for Lent:

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

At the foot of the cross of Jesus,
by his solemn and dying wish,
a deep bond of love is fashioned
between the Blessed Virgin Mary
and his faithful disciples:
the Mother of God is entrusted to the disciples
as their own mother,
and they receive her as a precious inheritance from their Master.

She is to be forever
the mother of those who believe,
and they will look to her
with great confidence in her unfailing protection.
She loves her Son in loving her children,
and in heeding what she says
they keep the words of their Master.

Through him the angels of heaven
offer their prayer of adoration
as they rejoice in your presence for ever.
May our voice be one with theirs
in their triumphant hymn of praise.
(Preface 13)


The Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Masses are arranged according to the divisions of the liturgical year. There are five votive Masses for Lent

Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord
The Blessed Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross
The Commending of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Reconciliation

Five Lenten Meditations 

These meditations take their orientation from the Sunday liturgies for Lent, from the five votive Masses in honor of Mary for the Lenten season, from Sacred Scripture, and from devotional traditions ... 
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Poetry for Lent
Mother of Sorrows, She Shall Crush Thy Head, Communion of Reparation (for Our Lady of Sorrows), To the Sorrowing and Immaculate Heart, Lady Most Pitiful, The Passion, and many more ...

Poetry for Passiontide
This poetry section concentrates on the final days of the Lenten season.

Thomas Mertonís, Evening: Zero Weather (Written in 1947)
Here in the zero days before Lent
(We are already binding up our sheaves of harvest
Beating the lazy liturgy, going up with exultation
Even on the eve of our Ash Wednesday ...)


The Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries, to be said on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Marian Music Collection--Lent
For the season of Lent see a selection of chant, traditional, contemporary, ecumenical, and art songs at

Marian Antiphon for Lent

Ave Regina Caelorum--Marian Antiphon for the Time After the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Lent.

Akathistos of the Annunciation of the most Holy Mother of God