Day One | The Great Fast

The Lord tells us how much He wants us to return to Him. Repentance and contrition (done in charity!) really matter to our loving God.

This is part of The Great Fast, our program for Lent, 2024. You can find the rest of the program content here.

Today, we begin. Let us hold each other in prayer as we journey toward Calvary, and, in time, to the empty tomb.


A reflection on Lenten fasting to guide you into a deeper relationship with Christ.



(To be prayed in light of the Daily Aspiration)


Remember, not O Lord our or our parents' offences: neither take vengeance of our sins.

Psalm 6

O Lord, do not reprove me in Thy wrath, nor in Thy anger chastise me. Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am weak, heal me, Lord, for my body is in torment. And my soul is greatly troubled, but Thou, O Lord, how long?

Turn to me, O Lord, and deliver my soul; save me on account of Thy mercy. For who amongst the dead remembers Thee, who of the dead will tell of Thee?

I have suffered and wept, every night have I washed my bed and drenched my blanket with my tears. My eyes are filled with grief, I have grown feeble in the midst of my enemies.

Leave me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my appeal, the Lord has accepted my prayer.

May my enemies be put to shame and come to ruin. May they be turned away and be swiftly put to shame.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Listen to this when you are able. For a true monastic experience, try playing it while you are breaking your fast (during your meal of the day).


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