My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with Me.--St. Matt 26: 38




The Church's Laws on Fasting and the Season of Lent




Season of Lent: from Ash Wednesday to Passion Sunday


Sermon for Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday: Epistle and Gospel, Instructions for Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. In ancient times the period of preparation for Easter differed in length in various countries. Later it was so arranged that forty days of fast would precede the great Feast as a reminder of our Lord's fast in the desert. In the Old Law ashes signified grief or repentance. In the Early Church, penitents did penance "in sackcloth and ashes." The ceremony originally instituted for public penitents was later arranged for all Christians. We should receive these blessed ashes with contrition, a desire to obtain forgiveness from God, a resolution of not attaching ourselves to perishable things.


Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas

First Sunday in Lent:

Christ permitted Himself to be tempted by Satan. Why then, should we be surprised if we have to struggle against the malice and snares of the devil! Our strength to resist lies in fasting, in guarding and controlling our senses, in almsgiving, in prayers, and in uniting ourselves with Christ in Holy Mass and Communion.




Liturgical Year by Prosper Gueranger
Sermons by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger
Children's Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent
First Sunday of Lent: Epistle and Gospel
Second Sunday in Lent

The Transifguration of our Lord gives us an idea of the beauty of a soul in the state of sanctifying grace. "This is the will of God, your sanctification." It must be our firm determination to preserve the divine life of our soul, at any price.






Liturgical Year by Prosper Gueranger
Sermons by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger
Children's Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent
Second Sunday of Lent: Epistle and Gospel
Third Sunday in Lent

"He who is not with Me, is against Me." We cannot be neutral in our relation to God. If we do not serve Him, pride and selfishness will enslave us. "Blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it."







Liturgical Year by Prosper Gueranger
Sermons by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger
Children's Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent
Third Sunday of Lent: Epistle and Gospel
Fourth Sunday in Lent

Laetare, (Rejoice) says the Introit. Laetare Sunday offers us a rest in the midst of the Lenten observance. We are to rise again soon with Jesus through confession and Easter Communion.







Liturgical Year by Prosper Gueranger
Sermons by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger
Children's Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent Fourth Sunday of Lent: Epistle and Gospel






Passiontide: from Passion Sunday to Holy Saturday
Passion Sunday:

The Mass of Passion Sunday is full of the thought of the Passion of Jesus and of the infidelity of the Jews, whose place in the Kingdom of God was taken by those who were baptized, that is to say by the Christians.









Passion Sunday Sermon and Litany of the Passion
The Obdurate Sinner
Passion of Christ
Children's Sermon for Passion Sunday
Fifth Sunday of Lent:
Epistle and Gospel

Passion Sunday: God Abandons the Incorrigible Sinner

The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Friday after Passion Sunday)

The Church commemorates by two feasts the martyrdom suffered by our Lady in union with the Passion of her Son. The first feast especially commemorates the Compassion of Mary; the second, kept on September 15th, the devotion of the Seven Sorrows.




Our Lady of Sorrows
Sorrowful Mother
Seven Dolors
Palm Sunday

This Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. For this reason the Church blessed palms to remind us of the multitude which accompanied Him carrying branches and strewing them in His way while they chanted: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He Who comes inthe name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"





Palm Sunday Sermon
Palm Sunday Sermon
Our Redeemer & Messiah
Children's Sermon for Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday: Epistle and Gospel

Holy Week

During this, the holiest week of the year, Mother Church puts before her children the sufferings of the Divine Savior. She invites them to ascend Calvary and follow in the footsteps of Him Who chose to become the Lamb and Victim of sacrifice. She asks us to carry our cross willingly in union with Him, in a spirit of expiation and atonement, and offer our life together with Him.




Passion-tide and Holy Week
Prayers Honoring the Passion and Death of Jesus
Liturgical Commentary Wednesday in Holy Week
The Life of Our Savour Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899



Maundy or Holy Thursday:

The Mass today commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Ordination of the Apostles. On this day only one Mass may be celebrated in each church at which two Hosts are consecrated, one of which is borne in procession to the Altar of Repose and placed in the repository to be used on the following day at the Mass of the Presanctified.

The Mandatum or Washing of the Feet takes place on this day because our Lord washed the feet of His Apostles before the institution of the holy Eucharist from which this feast derives its name and most characteristic feature.




Liturgical Commentary Maundy Thursday
Holy Thursday Sermons
by Fr. Weninger, 1876

The Seven Sacraments:
The Holy Eucharist

The Seven Sacraments:
Holy Orders

Spiritual Communion
Good Friday

This day was formerly for the Jewish people a day of preparation for Easter, and was called by them the Passover; for Christians it is the anniversary of the death and burial of our Lord Who on this day, being Himself both High Priest and Victim, offered Himself upon the Cross for the salvation of the world.










Sermon by Bishop Ehrler:
The Greatest of All Sorrows

Liturgical Commentary Good Friday
Devotions and Prayers for Good Friday
Good Friday Sermons
by Fr. Weninger, 1876

The Death of Our Lord
Good Friday: The Two Thieves The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as Illustrated by Catholic Artist and Historian, James Tissot, 1899
Holy Saturday

In early Christian times no special service was held on this day because there was a Solemn Vigil, or Watch, during the night before Easter. Towards the end of this function, before daybreak, the Catechumens received Baptism. They were immersed in the saving waters, being thus mystically buried with Jesus. But also, at the very hour of our Lord's triumphant Resurrection from the sepulchre, they rose spiritually, being born again to a life of grace; and they received likwise the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.





Holy Saturday Meditation
Holy Saturday









Prayers and Devotions
Lenten Prayers Complete Site Indexes and
Devotions to the Holy Angels
Devotions to Our Lady Catholic Videos and Books
Prayers and Devotions for the Holy Season of Lent
Novena and Penitential Litany for Lent; The Prodigal Son
Stations of the Cross
Devotion to the Five
Wounds of Jesus

Clock of the Passion
Litany of Penance
Litany of the Holy Face of Jesus
Litany of the Holy Cross
The Psalter of Jesus
Seven Penitential Psalms
The Steps of Our Savior's Passion
Prayers and Devotions
to the Holy Name

Devotions to the Sacred Heart
Litany of the Saints
Spiritual Communion
Index of Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Index of Prayers and Devotions for the Sick
Index of Prayers and Devotions for the Dying
Index of the Ten Commandments
Index of Children Prayers, Lent
Index of the Lives of the Saints
A Catholic's Moral Guide to Sacramental Marriage and Family Life, Includes a Glossary of Faith and Morals for the Married and Unmarried



Devotions to St. Michael
St. Michael/ Exorcism
St. Gabriel
St. Raphael
Guardian Angels
Good and Bad Angels
Litany of the Holy Angels
Seven Sorrows of
the Blessed Virgin Mary

Encyclical on the
Recitation of the Rosary

Prayers of Our Lady
of the Rosary

The History of the Rosary
How to Say the Rosary
Rosary Novenas
Joyful
Sorrowful
Glorious
Ave Maria
Our Lady Refuge of Sinners
Our Lady of Ransom
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The Book of the Holy Rosary, as explained by the Church Fathers and prefigured in the Old Testament
The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Set Forth in Her Titles from the Litany of Loreto
Prayers, Devotions, Feasts and Books Dedicated to Our Blessed Mother
Videos from Catholic Harbor for Lent
Prayerbook: The Manual of the Sacred Heart
The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God
The Spiritual Combat
by Fr. Scupoli, 1865

St. Leonard of Port Maurice and the Stations of the Cross
The Penitent Christian
The Holy Ways of the Cross
by Henri Boudon, 1875

Introduction to a Devout Life
written by St. Francis De Sales

The Little Flowers of St. Francis
The Life of St. Peter Alcantara and his Golden Treastise of Mental Prayer
The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament or Exorcism of Nicola Aubry, by Fr. Michael Muller



A Series of Links on Temptations and the Devil




Prayers for the Preservation of Chastity. An Explanation and Defense of the Virtue of Chastity






The Sacrament of Penance
Prayers Before Examining Your Conscience and the Catholic Teaching on Sin The Ten Commandments as Explained by the
Council of Trent
Examination of Conscience Based on the
10 Commandments
Ritual of the Sacrament of Penance & Prayers After Confession
For the Grace of the Holy Ghost
For a Pure Heart
Causes Rendering Confession Invalid
Three Qualities of a Good Confession
Prayers Before Examination
Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity
To Implore the Divine Assistance
What is Mortal & Venial Sin
Need of realizing the evil of sin
Sin is an offense against our Creator
Sin offends our Redeemer

The Commandments
The 1st Commandment
The 2nd Commandment
The 3rd Commandment
The 4th Commandment
Duties of Parents
The 5th Commandment
The 6th Commandment
The 7th Commandment
The 8th Commandment
The 9th and 10th
The Necessity of Keeping the 10 Commandments

1st Commandment
2nd Commandment
3rd Commandment
4th Commandment
5th Commandment
6th & 9th Commandment
7th & 10th Commandment
8th Commandment
The Seven Seven Deadly Sins
Accessory to Another's Sin
Sins Against the Holy Spirit
Sins Crying to Heaven for Vengeance
Christian Sinner and Spiritual Blindness
True Contrition
The False Peace of a Sinful Conscience, by Fr. Hunolt, 1691-1746
Prayer after Examination


Directions for Confession
The Form of Absolution
Directions Afer Confession
Thanksgiving After Confession
Prayer Before Penance
A Prayer for the Priest
Prayers for Pardon & Amendment
Prayers Against 7 Deadly Sins
7 Sheddings of Our Lord's Blood
Psalms of Thanksgiving






Signs that are to precede the Last Judgement The Four Last Things Sermons of the Saints The Person of the Judge Christ at the Last Judgement
I.    On the Coming and Cruelty of Antichrist
II.    Terrible signs preceding The Last Judgment
III.    The Causes of these Terrible Signs
IV.    The Suddenness of the Last Day
Death and the Importance of Salvation
Judgment
General Judgement
Heaven
Hell
Reflection on Hell
The Sight of Hell, A Book for Children and Young Persons as well as Adults
Time is No More
They that Live in Sin
The Sinner Seeks God
The Sinner at Death
Repentance
Sermons of St. John Vianney
Motives for Conversion
God Will Punish You!
Part 1: The Judge as God
Part 2: The Judge as Man
Part 3: The Judge as Redeemer
Part 4: The Judge as Our Model






Catholic Books from Our Library
  • Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits
  • Behold the Lamb, A Book for Little Folks About the Holy Mass, 1912
  • The Book of the Holy Rosary, as explained by the Church Fathers and prefigured in the Old Testament
  • Catholic Bible Stories
  • The Christian Father
  • The Christian Mother
  • The Confraternity of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel called the Scapular, 1850
  • The Epistle of St. Jude
    with Catholic Exposition
    by Rev. John MacEvilly, 1891
  • The Excellence of the Rosary, Rev. M. J. Frings, 1912
  • The Holy Ways of the Cross
    by Henri Boudon, 1875
  • Homilies on the Book of Tobias
  • Introduction to a Devout Life
    written by St. Francis De Sales
  • Jesus of Nazareth, the Story of His Life: A Catholic Children's Book, 1906
  • The Little Book of the
    Most Holy Child Jesus
    Includes Preparation for Confession
  • The Manual of the Sacred Heart
  • Martin Luther & the Bible
  • Martin Luther's Teaching and its Results, in his own words
  • The Life of St. Aloysius
  • Life of St. Bernard for Children
  • Life of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque
  • The Life of St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, by Dom Gueranger, 1866
  • The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Set Forth in Her Titles from the Litany of Loreto
  • The Life of St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, 1890
  • The Life of St. Pius V.
  • The Life of Father Isaac Jogues by Rev. Felix Martin
  • The Little Flowers of St. Francis
  • The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Joachim
    and St. Anne, 1859
  • The Life of St. Peter Alcantara and his Golden Treastise of Mental Prayer
  • The Miraculous Medal
    the Origin and History
  • The Mother of St. Augustine
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel: Prayers, Litany and Book, "The Virgin Mother of Good Counsel"
  • The Penitent Christian
  • The Prodigal Son, the Sinner's Return to God
  • Saint Josaphat, Martyr of Catholic Unity
  • Short Catechism of Church History for Youth
  • The Spirit of St. Teresa
  • The Spiritual Combat
    by Fr. Scupoli, 1865
  • The Story of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, 1921
  • St. Anthony of Padua, The Miracle-worker
  • St. Francis Xavier, Apostle of India and Japan
  • St. Leonard of Port Maurice and the Stations of the Cross
  • St. Vincent Ferrer, his life, Spiritual Teaching, and Practical Devotion
  • The Three Archangels and the Guardian Angels in Art, 1899
  • The Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament or Exorcism of Nicola Aubry, by Fr. Michael Muller
  • The True Story of the Life
    of Christopher Columbus
  • What is Liberalism
  • The Sight of Hell, A Book for Children and Young Persons as well as Adults





  • Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • The Dogma of the Incarnation Rests on the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 30 Days Prayer to the
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Ave Maris Stella
  • Our Lady Refuge of Sinners
  • The Espousal and Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Mother of God: Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Our Lady of Ransom
  • The Maternity of Mary
  • The Annunciation
  • Sermons of Fr. Weninger
    for the Annunciation
  • The Purification
    The Mother of God
  • The Humility of the Blessed Virgin of Mary
  • The Assumption
  • Octave of the Assumption 3 Sermons by Fr.Weninger
  • The Dormition and Assumption of the B.V.M.
  • Assumption: Additional Prayers and Devotions
  • Vigil of the Assumption
  • Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Devotions in honor of the Queenship of Mary
  • Mary Queen of All Saints
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels
  • What is it to be a Mother?
  • Devotions to Our Lady
    of Guadalupe
  • 2nd - 4th Days within the Octave of the Immaculate Conception
  • Octave of the Immaculate Conception
  • History and Defense of the Immaculate Conception
  • Devotion in honor of the Immaculate Conception
  • Prayers for Catholic Mothers
  • In Defense of Mary
    The Mother of God
  • I. Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • II. Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Seven Sorrows of the
    Blessed Virgin Mary   I.
  • Seven Sorrows of the
    Blessed Virgin Mary   II.
  • Our Lady of Sorrows
  • The Sweetness of the
    Name of Mary
  • The Holy Name of Mary
  • The Nativity of the Blessed
    Virgin Mary
  • Novena of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • The Feast of the Assumption
  • Litany of the Life of the Blessed Virgin
  • Our Lady of the Snows
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • The Feast of the Scapular
  • Translation of the Holy House of Loretto
  • History of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • The Queenship of the
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette
  • Our Lady of La Salette
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • Mary Help of Christians
  • Perpetual Help
  • The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from Candlemas until Advent
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Immaculate Heart
  • Devotion to the Immaculate
    Heart of Mary
  • Feast of the Holy Rosary
  • The Excellence of the Rosary, Rev. M. J. Frings, 1912
  • Encyclical on the
    Recitation of the Rosary
  • Prayers of Our Lady
    of the Rosary
  • The History of the Rosary
  • How to Say the Rosary
  • Rosary Novenas
  • Joyful Mysteries
  • Sorrowful Mysteries
  • Glorious Mysteries
  • Ave Maria





  • http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/