Lenten Activity


The following prayers and good works are traditionally used for Lenten Activities.

Many people will say all 7 Penitential Psalms every day during the forty days of Lent.


The 7 Penitential Psalms


The 7 Penitential Psalms are the prayers of the sinner and can be a powerful tool to awaken sorrow for sin.

Psalm 6, "O Lord, rebuke me not in thy anger...";

Psalm 31(32), "Blessed is he whose iniquity is forgiven...";

Psalm 37(38), "O Lord, in anger punish me not...";

Psalm 50(51), "Have mercy on me, O God, in your kindness;...";

Psalm 101(102), "O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto thee.";

Psalm 129 (130), "Out of the depths I cry unto to thee OLord,..."

Psalm 142(143), "O Lord, hear my prayer, hearken to my pleading..."

Remember that when it talks about the enemy in the Psalms it refers symbolically to the devil



The Corporal Works of Mercy


1. To feed the hungry.

2. To give drink to the thirsty.

3. To clothe the naked.

4. To visit and ransom the captives.

5. To give shelter to the homeless.

6. To visit the sick.

7. To bury the dead.



The Spiritual Works of Mercy


1. To advise the sinner.

2. To instruct the ignorant.

3. To counsel the doubtful.

4. To console the sorrowful.

5. To bear wrongs patiently.

6. To forgive all injuries.

7. To pray for the living and the dead.


9 Ways of Being Accessory To Another's Sin

1. By advice. 2. By command. 3. By consent. 4. By Provocation. 5. By praise or flattery. 6. By concealment. 7. By partaking. 8. By silence. 9. By defense of wrong done.  =