In today’s episode, on this First Sunday of Lent, I would like to go over a few things:
- Each Feria in Lent Has Its Own Propers for Mass
- St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose feastday is on Monday
- The Feast of the Sacred Lance and Nails kept on Friday after the First Sunday in Lent in some places
First and foremost, though, keep up the disciplines you have begun, especially prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. And even though this is a Sunday and fasting is not done, I’ve written before how Sundays in Lent were still days of mandatory abstinence. For centuries, no meat or animal products were consumed during Lent – even on Sundays. Let’s bring this back. For a full treatment of the topic, see my article “Abstinence from Meat & Animal Products on Sundays in Lent,” published in 2021.
Above all, remember what Pope Benedict XIV famously lamented the following: « The observance of Lent is the very badge of the Christian warfare. By it we prove ourselves not to be enemies of the cross of Christ. By it we avert the scourges of divine justice. By it, we gain strength against the princes of darkness, for it shields us with heavenly help. Should mankind grow remiss in their observance of Lent, it would be a detriment to God’s glory, a disgrace to the Catholic religion, and a danger to Christian souls. Neither can it be doubted that such negligence would become the source of misery to the world, of public calamity, and of private woe. »