Lent Meditations: Preface and Information

The Bellarmine Forum is pleased to present Daily Lent Meditations for you.

This is from Fr. Richard Clarke S.J.'s Daily Catholic.

PREFACE.

There is no subject of meditation more pleasing to God and more profitable to the soul than the Passion of Jesus Christ. It contains in itself all sweetness. It is the remedy for every evil; the food that nourishes the soul. It is continued still in the Blessed Eucharist, and every Mass is a representation and renewal of the Sacred Passion. It is a subject always in season, but especially during the holy time of Lent.

These Meditations deal with some of the main incidents of Our Lord’s Sacred Passion. They are intended to be begun on Ash Wednesday, and to end on Holy Saturday. A few verses of Scripture are suggested to be read before each meditation, as furnishing the subject-matter of which it treats.

How to Meditate on the Passion.

St. Bonaventure tells us that if we desire to meditate with fruit on the Passion of Jesus Christ, three conditions are necessary. Our meditation must be:

1. Humble; for the Passion is unlike anything else in the world, it is unfathomable to human reason — a bottomless ocean of mystery. Reason must bow its head and confess its inability to grasp the mysteries that even Faith sees only darkly and through a glass. The story of Christ's humiliation is to the proud a sealed book; they see nothing attractive in it. Christ suffering has no beauty that they should admire Him. I must therefore begin by praying for humility.

2. Full of confidence; since the Passion is the source of all our confidence, it is the proof of the exceeding love wherewith Christ loved us. How can I fear with the sight before me of Christ suffering for love of me?

It is, too, a medicine for every possible evil, for every temptation, for every sin; whatever the malady of my soul, the Passion of Christ can cure it. At the foot of the cross each mortal wound will be made whole.

3. Persevering: the beauty of the Passion does not appear all at once. The world considers it a degradation, the careless and the indifferent pass it by unmoved; even the faithful Christian scarcely penetrates beneath the surface of that Divine Mystery, unless he prays earnestly and continually to appreciate it. Only gradually and by degrees are we drawn by the sacred attractiveness of the cross.

Before I begin my meditations I must ask God for this spirit of humility, confidence, persistency.

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Lent Meditations: Preface and Information

Daily Meditations for lent from The Devout Year by Richard Clarke SJ (1889). Short meditations combined with scripture allow you to deepen your lent and spiritual life and feed your contemplative life. Every meditation is listed on this page.

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Lent Day 1: Ash Wednesday— The Anticipation of the Passion.

The Anticipation of the Passion. Read St. Matthew xvi. 21; xvii. 21,22. [21] And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me. [21] And the governor answering, said to them: Whether will you of the two to be released unto you? But they said, Barabbas. [22] Pilate […]

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Lent Day 2: First Thursday in Lent — The Preliminaries of the Passion.

The Preliminaries of the Passion. See the Preface for information on these meditations. Read St. Luke xxii. 1-6. [1] Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the pasch, was at hand. [2] And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put Jesus to death: but they feared the people. [3] And Satan entered into Judas, […]

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Lent Day 3: First Friday in Lent — The Supper in Simon’s House.

For more information on these meditations, and a guide to doing them well, read the Preface. The Supper in Simon’s House. Read St. Mark xiv. 3-11. [3] And when he was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, and was at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of precious […]

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Lent Day 4: First Saturday in Lent— The Eating of the Paschal Lamb.

Be sure to see the Preface for information on this meditation set and helpful guide on meditating. The Eating of the Paschal Lamb. Read St. Luke xxii. 14-18. [14] And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. [15] And he said to them: With desire I have desired to eat this […]

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Lent Day 5: The First Sunday in Lent— Jesus’s Desire for His Sufferings.

Just find these meditations? See the Preface for information and some helpful hints. Read St. Luke xii. 49, 50. [49] I am come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled? [50] And I have a baptism wherewith I am to be baptized: and how am I straitened until it be […]

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Lent Day 6: Monday after the First Sunday in Lent — The Washing of the Feet.

There are helpful hints and information about these meditations in the Preface. Read St. John xiii. 2-20. [2] And when supper was done, (the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him,) [3] Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came […]

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Lent Day 7: Tuesday after the First Sunday in Lent — The Institution of the Blessed Eucharist

Have you read the Preface yet? It has helpful hints and more information. Read St. Luke xxii. 19, 20. [19] And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in commemoration of me. [20] In like manner the chalice also, after he had supped, saying:  This […]

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Lent Day 8: Wednesday after the First Sunday in Lent — The Farewell Discourse of Jesus.

The Farewell Discourse of Jesus. Read St. John xiv. 1-3, 27-31. [1] Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father’ s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I shall go, and prepare a […]

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Lent Day 9: Thursday after the First Sunday in Lent — On the Road to Gethsemani.

On the Road to Gethsemani. Read St. Mark xiv. 26-34. [26] And when they had said a hymn, they went forth to the mount of Olives. [27] And Jesus saith to them: You will all be scandalized in my regard this night; for it is written, I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be dispersed. [28] But after […]

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Lent Day 10: Friday after the First Sunday in Lent — The Sacred Agony in the Garden.

The Sacred Agony in the Garden. Read St. Matthew xxv. 30-40. [30] And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head. [31] And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him. [32] And going out, they found a […]

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Lent Day 11: Saturday after the First Sunday in Lent— The Aggravation of the Sacred Agony.

Daily Lent Meditations from the Bellarmine Forum. If it is difficult to suffer, it is far more difficult to suffer willingly for those who show no gratitude in return for what we endure for them. But most difficult, nay, impossible, save to one who is himself divine, or else shares the divine charity of the Son of God, to suffer for those who requite our love with hatred, our sufferings with bitter mockery, the favors we win for them by outrages and insults.

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Lent Day 12: The Second Sunday in Lent— The Help for the Saints in the Sacred Agony.

Daily Lent Meditations from the Bellarmine Forum. Our blessed Lord was not satisfied with taking upon Himself the sins of the world; in His divine mercy and compassion He added to this a further sacrifice of Himself. He also took upon Himself all the sufferings of the just, and especially all that His saints and martyrs would have to suffer for Him…

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Lent Day 13: Monday after the Second Sunday in Lent — The Consolations of the Sacred Agony.

The Consolations of the Sacred Agony. Read St. Luke xxii. 40-46. [40] And when he was come to the place, he said to them: Pray, lest ye enter into temptation. [41] And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’ s cast; and kneeling down, he prayed, [42]Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but […]

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Lent Day 14: Tuesday after the Second Sunday in Lent — The Sequel of the Sacred Agony.

The Sequel of the Sacred Agony. Read St. Mark xiv. 41, 42. [41] And he cometh the third time, and saith to them: Sleep ye now, and take your rest. It is enough: the hour is come: behold the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.[42] Rise up, let us go. Behold, he […]

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Lent Day 15: Wednesday after the Second Sunday in Lent — The Betrayal of Jesus.

The Betrayal of Jesus. Read St. Matthew xxvi. 47-50. [47] As he yet spoke, behold Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the ancients of the people. [48] And he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that […]

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Lent Day 16: Thursday after the Second Sunday in Lent— The Apprehension of Jesus.

The Apprehension of Jesus. Read St. John xviii.  2-11. [2] And Judas also, who betrayed him, knew the place; because Jesus had often resorted thither together with his disciples. [3] Judas therefore having received a band of soldiers and servants from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. […]

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Lent Day 17: Friday after the Second Sunday in Lent— Jesus Led Away Captive.

Jesus Led Away Captive. Read St. John xviii.  12, 13. [12] Then the band and the tribune, and the servants of the Jews, took Jesus, and bound him: [13] And they led him away to Annas first, for he was father in law to Caiphas, who was the high priest of that year. 1.  The […]

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Lent Day 18: Saturday after the Second Sunday in Lent— In the House of Annas.

In the House of Annas. Read St. John xviii.  19-24. [19] The high priest therefore asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. [20] Jesus answered him: I have spoken openly to the world: I have always taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither all the Jews resort; and in secret I […]

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Lent Day 19: The Third Sunday in Lent — In the Palace of Caiphas.

In the Palace of Caiphas. Read St.  Mark xiv.  55-64. [55] And the chief priests and all the council sought for evidence against Jesus, that they might put him to death, and found none. [56] For many bore false witness against him, and their evidences were not agreeing. [57] And some rising up, bore false […]

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Lent Day 20: Monday after the Third Sunday in Lent — The Condemnation of Christ.

The Condemnation of Christ. Read St.  Mark xiv.  60-64. [60] And the high priest rising up in the midst, asked Jesus, saying: Answerest thou nothing to the things that are laid to thy charge by these men? [61] But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to […]

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Lent Day 21: Tuesday after the Third Sunday in Lent — St. Peter’s Denial of Jesus.

St. Peter’s Denial of Jesus. Read St. Luke xxii.  55-62. [55] And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were sitting about it, Peter was in the midst of them. [56] Whom when a certain servant maid had seen sitting at the light, and had earnestly beheld him, she […]

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Lent Day 22: Wednesday after the Third Sunday in Lent— St. Peter’s Repentance.

St. Peter’s Repentance. Read St. Luke xxii.  55-62. [55] And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were sitting about it, Peter was in the midst of them. [56] Whom when a certain servant maid had seen sitting at the light, and had earnestly beheld him, she said: This […]

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Lent Day 23: Thursday after the Third Sunday in Lent— Jesus in the Guard-room of Caiphas.

Jesus in the Guard-room of Caiphas. Read St. Luke xxii.  63-65. [63] And the men that held him, mocked him, and struck him. [64] And they blindfolded him, and smote his face. And they asked him, saying: Prophesy, who is it that struck thee? [65] And blaspheming, many other things they said against him. 1.  […]

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Lent Day 24: Friday after the Third Sunday in Lent — Jesus is Dragged Before Pilate.

Jesus is Dragged Before Pilate. Read St. Luke xxii.  66-70: xxiii.  1. [66] And as soon as it was day, the ancients of the people, and the chief priests and scribes, came together; and they brought him into their council, saying: If thou be the Christ, tell us. [67] And he saith to them: If […]

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Lent Day 25: Saturday after the Third Sunday in Lent — Judas’s Repentance.

Judas’s Repentance. Read St. Matthew xxvii.  3-16. [3] Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he was condemned, repenting himself, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and ancients, [4] Saying: I have sinned in betraying innocent blood. But they said: What is that to us? look thou to it. [5] […]

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Lent Day 26: The Fourth Sunday in Lent— Jesus Before Pilate.

Jesus Before Pilate. Read St. John xviii.  28-40. [28] Then they led Jesus from Caiphas to the governor’ s hall. And it was morning; and they went not into the hall, that they might not be defiled, but that they might eat the pasch. [29] Pilate therefore went out to them, and said: What accusation bring you […]

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Lent Day 27: Monday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent — Jesus Before Herod.

Jesus Before Herod. Read St. Luke xxiii.  7-12. [7] And when he understood that he was of Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him away to Herod, who was also himself at Jerusalem, in those days. [8] And Herod, seeing Jesus, was very glad; for he was desirous of a long time to see him, because he […]

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Lent Day 28: Tuesday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent — Barabbas or Jesus?

Barabbas or Jesus? Read St. Matthew xxvii. 15-22. [15] Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whom they would. [16] And he had then a notorious prisoner, that was called Barabbas. [17] They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that I release to you, […]

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Lent Day 29: Wednesday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent — The Scourging.

The Scourging. Read St. Matthew xxvii.  27-30. [27] Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band; [28] And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. [29] And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his […]

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Lent Day 30: Thursday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent — The Crowning with Thorns.

The Crowning with Thorns. Read St.  Mark xv.  16, 17. [16] And the soldiers led him away into the court of the palace, and they called together the whole band: [17] And they clothed him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon him. 1.  Our Lord was covered with a […]

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Lent Day 31: Friday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent— Ecce Homo.

Ecce Homo. Read St. John xix.  4-6. [4] Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith to them: Behold, I bring him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in him. [5] (Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he saith to them: Behold the […]

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Lent Day 32: Saturday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent— The Condemnation to Death.

Jesus is Condemned to Death. Read St. Matthew xxvii.  24-26. [24] And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it. [25] And the whole people answering, said: […]

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Lent Day 33: The Fifth Sunday in Lent — Jesus Sets Out on the Way to Calvary.

Jesus Sets Out on the Way to Calvary. Read St. Matthew xxvii.  31. [31] And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him.   1.  It was not really Pilate who condemned Jesus to death, says St. […]

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Lent Day 34: Monday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent — Via Dolorosa.

Via Dolorosa. Read St. Luke xxiii.  27-31. [27] And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him. [28] But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. [29] For behold, the days shall come, wherein […]

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Lent Day 35: Tuesday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent — Jesus Meets His Holy Mother.

Jesus Meets His Holy Mother. Read St. Matthew xvi.  24-25. [24] Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. [25] For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for […]

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Lent Day 36: Wednesday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent — Simon of Cyrene.

Simon of Cyrene. Read St.  Mark xv.  21. [21] And they forced one Simon a Cyrenian who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and of Rufus, to take up his cross.   1.  Our blessed Lord falls again and again beneath the weight of the cross, until it becomes evident […]

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Lent Day 37: Thursday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent — Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross. Read St. Luke xxiii.  32-34. [32] And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. [33] And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified him there; and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other […]

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Lent Day 38: Friday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent— The Deriding of Jesus.

The Deriding of Jesus. Read St. Matthew xxvii.  39-44. [39] And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads, [40] And saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days dost rebuild it: save thy own self: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. [41] […]

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Lent Day 39: Saturday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent — The Good Thief.

The Good Thief. Read St. Luke xxiii.  39-43. [39] And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. [40] But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? [41] And we indeed justly, for […]

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Lent Day 40: The Sixth Sunday in Lent — Jesus Commends His Disciples to His Holy Mother’s Care.

Jesus Commends His Disciples to His Holy Mother’s Care. Read St. John xix.  25-27. [25] Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. [26] When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: […]

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Lent Day 41: Monday in Holy Week — The Dereliction of Jesus on the Cross.

The Dereliction of Jesus on the Cross. Read St.  Mark xv.  33-36. [33] And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour. [34] And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, […]

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Lent Day 42: Tuesday in Holy Week— The Thirst upon the Cross.

The Thirst upon the Cross. Read St. John xix.  28, 29. [28] Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. [29] Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they, putting a sponge full of vinegar and hyssop, put it to his […]

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Lent Day 43: Wednesday in Holy Week — The Death of Jesus.

 The Death of Jesus. Read St. Luke xxiii.  45-48. [45] And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. [46] And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up the ghost. [47] Now the […]

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Lent Day 44: Maundy Thursday— Jesus’ Mystical Death in the Blessed Eucharist.

Maundy Thursday— Jesus’ Mystical Death in the Blessed Eucharist. Read St. John xix.  34-37. [34] But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water. [35] And he that saw it, hath given testimony, and his testimony is true. And he knoweth that he saith true; […]

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