“It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what earth can give.”
On the first Sunday of Lent the Gospel reminds us that Jesus, after being baptized in the River Jordan and impelled by the Holy Spirit who settled upon Him and revealed Him as the true Christ, withdrew for 40 days into the Desert of Judea where He overcame the temptations of Satan (Mk 1: 12-13). Following their Teacher and Lord, we also enter the Lenten desert in spirit in order to face with Him the “fight against the spirit of evil”.
On all Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent our Fraternity offers specials prayers for the Church militant, the Pope and the bishops. In addition to receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday, we remember our failed humanity and sinfulness on the first full week of Lent by marking the Ember Days, where we beseech God for His mercy in both our temporal needs and spiritual wants.