Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday, which is forty days if you don't count the Sundays, and has traditionally been a period of reflection, a way of preparing to commemorate Christ's death and celebrate his resurrection.
Some people choose to give something up, while others choose to take something up, the important thing is finding something that has meaning for you. This year Lent begins on Wednesday 14 February, and so we offer a collection of online resources, updated for 2024.
Sign up for weekly devotions reflecting on following the theme of hope. Each week of Lent, they will provide a short video and questions and prompts for reflection. Join them to explore our Christian hope, discover how we can transform anxiety into action, and recognise the role we have in bringing hope those around us
CAFOD is the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. Sign up for their daily prayers and reflections, offering an opportunity to join with a global family to pause, reflect, pray and take action.
Starting New Habits
Prayer tools to help you grow with God, rooted in the Ignatian tradition of spirituality. Here you will find daily meditations, retreats and reflections for different circumstances.
Daily prayer app, with morning and evening prayer available in both written and audio formats.
40acts was a community seeking to do Lent differently. You can pick up any of their challenges from 2011 to 2020, including material written especially for families and young people.
Muddy Church is all about creating space to wonder and wander. Here they have some ideas to get you outside and enjoying the world around you. You can do them in any order, and I'm sure no one would mind if you repeated a favourite!
40 Days of Gratitude
Write down something you are thankful for every day, either in your own journal or shared online to encourage others.
40 Days of Sacrifice
Choose to give something up. It could be the traditional chocolate or alcohol, or maybe a bad habit like biting your nails. At the end of Lent, ask if this might be something you need to give up for good or return to in greater moderation.
40 Days of Generosity
Give something away every day. Perhaps donate a can of food to a food bank or a piece of clothing to a charity shop.
40 Days of Kindness
Do a random act of kindness every day. It can be as simple as going out of your way to help someone, and you'll find some ideas below.
40 Days of Mark