The Liturgical Season Of Lent Year A

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This year the season starts on February 26th (Ash Wednesday) and ends on April 4th (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.


Year A
First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
Ash Wednesday
February 26, 2020
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2020
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11
Second Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020
Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17
Matthew 17:1-9
Third Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2020
Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2020
1 Samuel 16:1-13 Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41
Annunciation of the Lord 
March 25, 2020
Isaiah 7:10-14 Psalm 45
Psalm 40:5-10
Hebrews 10:4-10 Luke 1:26-38
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 29, 2020
Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45
Liturgy of the Palms
April 5, 2020
Sixth Sunday in Lent
  Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Matthew 21:1-11  
Liturgy of the Passion
April 5, 2020
Sixth Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 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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