Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices of the Church, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council II stated, “The two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent — the recalling of Baptism or the preparation for it, and penance — should be given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter, while they hear God’s word more frequently and devote more time to prayer” (no. 109). The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which literally means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls.
Lenten daily reflections and prayers here:
welcome to our website! While serving the People of God throughout North America, we’ve had the opportunity to meet many different families. The moments of introduction have been quite similar. The people will mention their career or school, and sometimes, their hometown. If the name sounds familiar, we’ll ask if they’re related to so-and-so; usually, they’ll ask if we know a priest with whom they have a special relationship. If we’re able to join the family at their home, the introductions go further. The family photo album comes out, and they take us on an anecdotal tour of their family’s history: how Mom and Dad first met; the embarrassment at the wedding banquet when Uncle Harry had too much to drink and led everybody in the pledge of allegiance; the time little David got lost at the shopping mall and wouldn’t give his name until he was bribed with three ice cream cones.
That’s just how we’d introduce our religious family, the Congregation of the Resurrection – or Resurrectionists, for short. We’re a small religious community of priests and brothers who live and work throughout the world. When we introduce ourselves to people, they often mistake us for a larger and older order, the Redemptorists. In fact, a familiar quote we often hear, “We just love the Mother of Perpetual Help,” refers to a popular Redemptorists’ devotion to Mary. Chances are, though, you haven’t heard of us unless you’ve attended a “CR” parish or school.
We hope you will enjoy getting to know us by our website. Please contact us if you have any questions about our religious family.
May the Risen Christ bless you!
Preserving our history…
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