The Liturgical Season Of Lent Year A

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This year the season starts on February 22nd (Ash Wednesday) and ends on April 8th (Holy Saturday). The traditional fast of 40 days does not include Sundays.

Purple is the season’s colour, though this gets complex near Easter. Red is used from Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday.

In other contexts there may be great wisdom in adopting Lent as an identifiable season of preparation for Easter. All of us need to sanctify our calendars and make clear that nothing in the winter and springtime of the year—not Valentine’s Day, not spring break, not March Madness, not even the hockey playoffs—is as important to our identity as Jesus’ death and resurrection. – John D. Witvliet


Year AFirst readingPsalmSecond readingGospel

Ash Wednesday
February 22, 2023
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 51:1-172 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
First Sunday in Lent
February 26, 2023
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7Psalm 32Romans 5:12-19Matthew 4:1-11
Second Sunday in Lent
March 5, 2023
Genesis 12:1-4aPsalm 121Romans 4:1-5, 13-17John 3:1-17
Matthew 17:1-9
Third Sunday in Lent
March 12, 2023
Exodus 17:1-7Psalm 95Romans 5:1-11John 4:5-42
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 19, 2023
1 Samuel 16:1-13Psalm 23Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41
Annunciation of the Lord
March 25, 2023
Isaiah 7:10-14Psalm 45
Psalm 40:5-10
Hebrews 10:4-10Luke 1:26-38
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 26, 2023
Ezekiel 37:1-14Psalm 130Romans 8:6-11John 11:1-45
Liturgy of the Palms
April 2, 2023
Sixth Sunday in Lent
&nbspPsalm 118:1-2, 19-29Matthew 21:1-11&nbsp
Liturgy of the Passion
April 2, 2023
Sixth Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 50:4-9aPsalm 31:9-16Philippians 2:5-11Matthew 26:14-27:66
Matthew 27:11-54
 Italicized readings, complementary to the standard reading, may be used with, or in place of it.



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