During the season of Lent, we are privileged to call upon God’s mercy and forgiveness to make ourseleves more worthy of the gift of our redemption and salvation, which we celebrate on Easter Sunday.

This prayer guide is intended to remind you of what Jesus Christ did for us and all he suffered for us that we might be saved. A scripture passage or holy quote is included for each day of Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter. When you say your prayers each day, please read the listed passage and think about what it means to us, and to you.

All of the Maryknoll Sisters are praying with you and for you, and hoping that you have a fruitful Lent and a joyous Easter!

Week 1

Wednesday, March 2 — Ash Wednesday

Day of fasting and abstinence Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. —Psalm 51:1-2

Thursday, March 3

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” —John 15:3-4

Friday, March 4

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” —John 12:23-24

Saturday, March 5

“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” —Matthew 23:11-12

Sunday, March 6 — First Sunday of Lent

“To do penance is to bewail the evil we have done, and to do no evil to bewail.” —Pope St. Gregory the Great

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Week 2

Monday, March 7

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. —1 John 5:1-2

Tuesday, March 8

We know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. —Romans 6:9-10

Wednesday, March 9

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you.” —Luke 6:37-38

Thursday, March 10

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. —1 Peter 4:8

Friday, March 11

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” —John 3:17

Saturday, March 12

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. —2 Corinthians 9:7

Sunday, March 13

“You must believe in truth that whatever God gives or permits is for your salvation.” —St. Catherine of Siena

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Week 3

Monday, March 14

By day my God directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life. —Psalm 42:8

Tuesday, March 15

Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent
priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. —Hebrews 7:23-25

Wednesday, March 16

“You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” —Mark 14:62

Thursday, March 17

“I cannot be silent, and indeed I ought not to be, about the many blessings and the great grace which God has designed to bestow upon me.” —Saint Patrick

Friday, March 18

To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. —Ephesians 4:7

Saturday, March 19

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” —John 14:6

Sunday, March 20

“Christ’s word will enlighten you; his Body and his Blood will nourish you and sustain you on your daily journey to eternity.” —Pope St. John Paul II

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Week 4

Monday, March 21

God’s justice will dwell in the desert, and righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. —Isaiah 32:16-17

Tuesday, March 22

“The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” —Luke 7:22-23

Wednesday, March 23

Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. —2 Corinthians 5:20-21

Thursday, March 24

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” —John 12:31-32

Friday, March 25

We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. —Hebrews 10:10

Saturday, March 26

The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. —Romans 13:11

Sunday, March 27

“If your eternal salvation depended on yourself alone, you would have serious cause for alarm, but since it is in the hands of your heavenly Father, what have you to fear?” —St. Paul of the Cross

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Week 5

Monday, March 28

For you have delivered me from death, and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. —Psalm 56:13

Tuesday, March 29

“Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” —Luke 10:20

Wednesday, March 30

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” —Isaiah 44:22

Thursday, March 31

This is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. —1 John 5:3-4

Friday, April 1

Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. —Psalm 27:9

Saturday, April 2

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” — Matthew 18:21-22

Sunday, April 3

“Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again: for forgiveness has risen from the grave!” —St. John Chrysostom

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Week 6

Monday, April 4

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in God’s presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. —1 John 3:19-20

Tuesday, April 5

Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. —Romans 4:25

Wednesday, April 6

For God is our judge, God is our lawgiver, God is our king; it is he who will save us. —Isaiah 33:22

Thursday, April 7

So then, dear friends… make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our God’s patience means salvation… —2 Peter 3:14-15

Friday, April 8

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. —James 1:23-24

Saturday, April 9

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” —John 18:37

Sunday, April 10

Palm Sunday – “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” —Pope St. John Paul II

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Week 7

Monday, April 11

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of God!” —Matthew 21:9

Tuesday, April 12

“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” —Luke 9:22

Wednesday, April 13

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” —John 7:37-38

Thursday, April 14 — Last day of Lent

Holy Thursday – “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” —John 7:37-38

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