Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
Lent is a forty day period of time during which Christians devote themselves to prayer, fasting, and works of mercy as a way of preparing themselves to celebrate Christ's death and resurrection at Easter. Originally a time of preparation for those who would be baptized on Easter, Lent gradually became a time when those who had left the practice of their faith would return to Christ and the Church.
Today, Lent offers Christians an opportunity to prepare themselves to recommit to their baptismal promises at Easter by returning to the basic practices of their faith.
Weekly Liturgies at Lake Shore Campus
- 10:30 a.m. Community and Students' Mass
- 3:00-4:00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation, check in at Damen Student Center 217
- 3:30-4:30 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration
- 5:00 p.m. Students' Mass
- 12:00 p.m. Mass
- 8:00 p.m. Taizé Prayer
- 12:00 p.m. Mass
LUCserve- Hunger and Homelessness- Virtual Service Event, February 18 at 5:00 p.m. CST
Join fellow students in a virtual service opportunity surrounding the topic of Hunger and Homelessness. Join online at https://luc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6735118
LUCserve Healthcare Advocacy Workshop, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. CST
Join the LUCserve Healthcare Committee for this workshop on healthcare. Get informed, discuss with peers, and then take action! Join online at https://luc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6742573
LUCserve Immigration Social Justice Dialogue, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. CST
Students! Join the LUCserve student leaders for a dynamic conversation about immigration. Join online at https://luc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6742626
LUCserve Racial Justice Virtual Service, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. CST
Join fellow Loyola students to support the community through a service program related to racial justice. Join online at https://luc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6735128
LUCserve Hunger and Homelessness Advocacy Event, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. CST
Join fellow Loyola students to learn more about the social justice issues of hunger and homelessness and use your voice and privilege to make a difference. Join online at https://luc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6735144
LUCserve Healthcare Social Justice Dialogue, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. CST
Students! Join the LUCserve student leaders for a dynamic conversation about healthcare. Join online at https://luc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6742650
Daily Bible Readings
For the scripture readings from the Mass, please click here.
Daily Prayer from "Sacred Space"
This prayer site is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. For today's prayer, click here.
Rules for Fasting and Abstinence
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church (from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops).
An Ignatian Guide to Lent
Catholics have a lot of Lenten traditions. If you’ve been Catholic a long time, you may not even register these traditions; they may feel tired and routine. This Lent, use Ignatian spirituality to breathe new insight into these sacred rituals. Learn about Lent and about Ignatian spirituality through the lived experiences of fellow practitioners. Join the Jesuit Lenten email series and receive these Lenten reflections in your inbox throughout the 40 days. Register online here.
Ideas for Giving Up Something for Lent
We often hear this question around this time of year, and many of us are still pondering what we should give up for Lent. Why do we give up something for Lent, and what's so wrong with meat that we are commanded to abstain from it? The answers are found in the ancient fasting practices of the Church, which have become more lenient through recent generations.
Technically, there is a difference between fasting, which pertains to the amount of food, and abstinence, which pertains to the type of food. Fasting, going without a meal or more, was an ancient practice of the Church, dating back to the time of Christ who said, "When the Bridegroom (Jesus) is taken away, then you shall fast." Early Christians applied this to Good Friday, when Christ died. An ancient Christian catechetical manual called the "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles", which may date to the first century, stipulates that Christians should fast every Friday, since it was the day on which Christ died, and catechumens who were preparing for baptism should fast a few days before they received that sacrament. Ancient Christians fasted on every Friday throughout the year and then as Lent originated as the final period of preparation for catechumens, they would fast throughout the forty days of Lent. These strict rules were gradually adapted, so that today we only fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Abstinence is not eating a particular type of food -- in this case meat. Why meat? Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with meat, but abstinence from meat was based on a play on words. "Flesh" (sarx in Biblical Greek) is the word St. Paul often used to describe our sensual nature that is prone to sin, our concupiscence. In Galatians, St. Paul says that the works of the flesh include things like: immorality, impurity, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, acts of selfishness, and drinking bouts. For ancient Christians, abstaining from "flesh" (meat) was symbolic of attempting to abstain from the works of the "flesh". Some theologians also gave another, perhaps more readily understood to modern Christians, reason for abstaining from meat: people and animals were created on the same "day" in the creation account. By not eating meat, we respect the lives of our fellow creatures and return to the diet of our first parents, who according to Genesis, did not eat meat. Abstaining from meat is thus a return to the original harmony in the world and a reminder to curb our own sinful desires. Until several generations ago, all Catholics were to abstain from meat through the forty days of Lent just as they did on every Friday! As these rules changed throughout the years, people began to choose what they would like to abstain from ("give up") during Lent.
So what does this mean for us today? The main value of fasting and abstinence is the meaning and reasons. Lent is not a diet. Giving up something for Lent also must be in conjunction with the two other disciplines of Lent: prayer and alms-giving (literally "works of mercy"). As we fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday, let us remember Christ's death and ask for God's grace so that were may deny the works of "the flesh". Let us live in harmony and respect our fellow creatures as we long to return to paradise, through Christ's death and resurrection. If you haven't chosen something to give up for Lent, here are some suggestions:
- Things that could be dangerous to your physical health: alcohol, junk food, sweets
- Things that take time away from your relationship with God and others: social media, binging on Netflix, gaming
- Things that harm Creation: using disposable items, wasting water or food, littering
- Things that are superfluous, the expense of which could be donated to the poor: going out to eat, "clubbing", going to the movies or concerts
The main thing to remember is that whatever you chose to give up for Lent, it should have a meaning, even if it is just symbolic of remembering Christ's ultimate sacrifice and trying to curb you own desires. When you combine this with prayer and helping the poor, you will have a "good" Lent (by John Paul Salay).
- Community and Students' Mass - 10:30 a.m.
- Confessions in Damen 217 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.
- Eucharistic Adoration 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Students' Mass - 5:00 p.m.
- Mass of the Lord's Supper - 5:00 p.m.
- Eucharistic Adoration at the Altar of Repose - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- Liturgy of the Lord's Passion - 3:00 p.m.
- Easter Vigil - 8:00 p.m.
- Mass - 10:30 a.m.
- No other Masses, Confessions, or liturgies on Easter Day