First Week of Lent

Prayer Resources

There are a huge number of different ways to pray. Here are some to consider this Lent that focus on Christ's Passion:
During this time of spiritual warfare, we should also call upon St. Joseph, especially under his title "Terror of Demons."
The forces of evil fear our Lady because of her sinlessness and closeness to our Lord, so asking for her intercession is always a good idea when resisting temptation. The simplest prayer to our Lady is the Hail Mary:

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Finally, God has sent each of us a guardian angel to protect us from spiritual (and sometimes physical) harm. We can ask our guardian to help us in time of need as well as regularly.

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, rule and guide. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.

This collect prayer begins the Mass for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Jesus is calling us to "take up battle against spiritual evils." We'll explore fasting itself in a few weeks; during the week of Ash Wednesday, we're going to dig into an important set of weapons the Lord gives us to fight evil: sacramentals.

What's a sacramental? Well, if you attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, you're probably going to receive one on your forehead.