James Chepponis

#055: Understanding Lent as Pilgrimage

Sr. Patricia Gallagher, OP

Sr. Patricia Gallagher, OP

Many of us have a complex relationship with Lent. It’s a season that some love and some dread. It’s often a season that, intellectually, we appreciate and anticipate but, in reality, experience in a way that leaves us wanting more. Purely from a practical perspective, Lent is sometimes difficult to experience in a full and meaningful way when we are so occupied with preparations for the Triduum and Easter season.

That’s the place where we are beginning today: the ways that Lent prepares us for the Triduum and for Easter. If we think about this time of year as a “unified sequence,” as our guest writer calls it, we can see more clearly the influences that shape the ways we think about Lent, the way we experience it, and – ultimately – the way we experience the Easter joy. We’ll hear today from an article written by Sr. Patricia Gallagher, OP, and we’ll hear a beautiful setting of a text by Saint Clare in a musical “Ministry Moment.”


You can read the full article, “Take Another Look at Lent: As Pilgrimage,” on the NPM website.

The recording of “Tis Good Lord to be Here” (Joseph Robinson) is published by OCP. The recordings of “Lenten Suite” (arr. Paul Tate), “The Mirror of Eternity” (James Chepponis), and “Jerusalem, My Destiny” (Rory Cooney) are published by GIA Publications.

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