Meditations and Readings for Lent from St. Thomas Aquinas

Editor’s note: The three Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday are called Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter. They are mere names, to correspond with the name of Lent (Quadragesima, in Latin, fortieth); obviously they do not actually correspond with the period they indicate.



1. First Week in Lent — Sunday – It Was Fitting That Christ Should Be Tempted
2. First Monday – Christ Had to be Tempted in the Desert
3. First Tuesday – Christ Underwent Every Kind of Suffering
4. First Wednesday – How Great Was the Sorrow of Our Lord in His Passion?
5. First Thursday –  It Was Fitting That Christ Should Be Crucified With the Thieves
6. First Friday – The Feast of the Holy Lance and the Nails of Our Lord
7. First Saturday – The Love of God Shown in the Passion of Christ
8. Second Week in Lent — Sunday – God the Father Delivered Christ to His Passion
9. Second Monday – It Was Fitting That Our Lord Should Suffer at the Hands of the Gentiles
10. Second Tuesday – The Passion of Christ Brought About Our Salvation Because it Was a Meritorious Act
11. Second Wednesday – The Passion of Christ Brought About Our Salvation Because it Was an Act of Satisfaction
12. Second Thursday – That the Passion of Christ Brought About Its Effect Because it Was a Sacrifice
13. Second Friday – Feast of the Holy Winding Sheet
14. Second Saturday – The Passion of Christ Wrought Our Salvation by Redeeming Us
15. Third Week in Lent — Sunday – It is the Passion of Christ That Has Freed Us From Sin
16. Third Monday – The Passion of Christ Has Delivered Us From the Devil
17. Third Tuesday – Christ is Truly Our Redeemer
18. Third Wednesday – The Price of Our Redemption
19. Third Thursday – The Preaching of the Samaritan Woman
20. Third Friday – It is By the Passion of Christ That We Have Been Freed From the Punishment Due to Sin
21. Third Saturday– The Passion of Christ Reconciles Us to God
22. Fourth Week in Lent — Sunday – Christ by His Passion Opened to Us the Gates of Heaven
23. Fourth Monday – Christ by His Passion Merited to be Exalted
24. Fourth Tuesday – The Example of Christ Crucified
25. Fourth Wednesday – The Divine Friend
26. Fourth Thursday – The Death of Lazarus
27. Fourth Friday – The Precious Blood
28. Fourth Saturday – There Was Not Any More Fitting Way to Free the Human Race Than Through the Passion of Christ
29. Passion Week — Sunday – The Passion of Christ
30. Passion Monday – The Passion of Christ is a Remedy Against Sin
31. Passion Tuesday – The Burial of Christ