Lent at the Monastery 2018-01-17T07:58:22+00:00

Experience Lent at the Monastery

For Catholics, the Lenten season has a “twofold character”: 1) it recalls baptism or prepares for it; 2) it stresses a penitential spirit.

The baptismal focus on Lent serves as a kind of “40-day retreat” for candidates to be baptized at Easter. The rest of the Church prays and fasts in solidarity with them.

Those to be baptized must reject sin and embrace Christ; those already baptized must renew and reaffirm that baptismal commitment. That’s the basis of “Lenten penance.”

On Ash Wednesday, we hear Jesus talk about three ways we relate to God: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  These traditional Lenten practices are still the best. They open us to God’s grace, as we seek to deepen our commitment to Christ.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is not a parish, and so we don’t have the Lenten witness of those preparing for baptism in our midst. But our liturgies and other observances follow the Church’s intention to recall our baptismal commitment, and to turn away from sin and believe the Good News. Here are some of the ways we invite you to journey through Lent with us….

For a full listing of events, visit our calendar of events.

February 11

The annual burning of palm branches will be held immediately after the noon Mass.

February 14

Start your Lent with the Franciscan Monastery.

Mass and Ashes 6:00 a.m and 7:00 a.m

Confession 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 3:00 p.m. and witness to the passion of Christ.

Make a pilgrimage to the Monastery this Lent, and take a special Lenten tour available at 1:00 p.m. every Friday.

Students, whether with a family or school group, can receive a certificate of accomplishment for making a pilgrimage to the Monastery and praying the Stations of the Cross.

Spending time with Christ takes on a deeper meaning in Lent. Come and pray on the first Friday in Lent, March 2nd, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Music at the Monastery

Join us for beautiful music in a beautiful setting at 4:00 p.m. on March 11th for the Brass of Peace Ensemble and March 18th for the Commonwealth Brass and National Brass.

March 24 – March 25

Purchase a beautiful Easter lily for your Easter celebration March 24th and 25th while helping the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild.

March 24

We will spend an afternoon reflecting on the holiest week of the Church year and the central celebration of our faith, the Easter Triduum.

Complete event details can be found here.

March 24

Celebrate Palm Sunday at the Franciscan Monastery with a Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

March 25

Celebrate Palm Sunday at the Franciscan Monastery. Mass:  8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (with outdoor procession), noon and 2:00 p.m. (Misa en español)

March 28

Wednesday March 28th at 7:30 p.m. Event details to follow.

March 29

The Franciscan Monastery will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30pm. After Mass, you’re invited to watch and wait with Christ in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.

March 30

Commemorate the Lord’s Passion with the Franciscan Monastery at 3:30 pm on Good Friday as part of the Triduum leading up to Easter.

March 30

This service is a solemn reenactment of The Burial of Christ and is very similar to the ceremony reenacted each year on Good Friday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  Complete details can be found here.

March 31

The Great Vigil of the Resurrection begins at 8:00 p.m.

April 01

6:00 a.m. (sunrise)  Sorrow turns to joy as we celebrate the Risen Christ! Mass will be held in the Grotto, weather permitting.

Masses will also be held at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon

Experience the Holy Land every day by attending Sunday and daily Mass at the Monastery during Lent.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available throughout Lent, Monday through Saturday on the hour from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.