As we approach the halfway mark of Lent, I wanted to throw out a couple recommendations for diving deeper into the spirit of Lent, and ultimately prepare for Holy Week.
Holy Thursday will be here before we know it, and like the apostles, we don’t want to be caught sleeping and off our guard. We must prepare to walk with Christ in His Passion and to suffer with Him.
So, how can we do this?
One, pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. If you don’t know them: the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning of Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion. A great way to enter deeper into these mysteries (or if you need some help meditating on them) is to pray a Scriptural rosary. With a Scriptural Rosary, you read a short line from the Bible before each Hail Mary. Here’s a resource you can use.
Two, attend the Stations of the Cross. I’d bet most Catholic parishes have some Stations service on Fridays during Lent. Again, enter into the suffering of Christ.
Third, watch the Passion of the Christ. For the cinematic representation of the Sorrowful mysteries and the Stations, check this out. This is an easy Lenten tradition that can help bring to light the realities of Christ’s Passion and suffering.
With Lent, it’s easy to focus on the nitty gritty sacrifices of each day. But, let’s be sure to keep in mind what lies at the end of this season, and how we too can suffer with Christ, with the hopes of partaking in the glory of His Resurrection.