arce Domine, parce populo tuo… spare Thy people, Lord, we pray.
In the 1962 missal we are already in purple mode in preparation for the penitential season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is on the 17th of February this year. Now is a good time to plan your attack on spiritual flabbiness and work on developing virtues. With all good plans it can be handy to have a calendar, so here is my lent calendar from 2007/08. Two calendars are described, one to make yourself from coloured paper and another to print and paste together quickly. These are just suggestions, everyone is different, get thinking now and make this Lent effective.
Also Holy Heroes are gearing up for their annual Lenten Adventure. Registrations are open and free to receive daily activities, videos and worksheets for Lent.
Lent is also a great time to start learning gregorian chant. The lenten antiphons are simple and you have the magnificent Easter melodies to look forward to. I’ll have some new printables up at Swell the Mighty Flood and looking out for suitable mp3s. A good chance to try out our new second hand microphone.
And have I mentioned Audio Sancto before? Recordings of fantastic homilies with lots on the spiritual life. Great material to chew over.