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.



9.  Septuagesima Sunday – The Work of the Vineyard
10. Monday after Septuagesima – On Doing Good
11. Tuesday after Septuagesima – The Prayer of Our Lord in The Garden
12. Wednesday after Septuagesima – Good Works
13. Thursday after Septuagesima – The Reward
14. Friday after Septuagesima – The Need For Caution
15. Saturday after Septuagesima – On Reforming Ourselves
16. Sexagesima Sunday – The Seed
17. Monday after Sexagesima – The Goodness of God
18. Tuesday after Sexagesima – The Remembrance of Our Lord’s Passion
19. Wednesday after Sexagesima – The Need to Be Watchful
20. Thursday after Sexagesima – Our Watch Must Be Ceaseless
21. Friday after Sexagesima – The Worship Due to God
22. Saturday after Sexagesima – How Are We to Serve God?
23. Quinquagesima Sunday – How We Should Serve God on the Lord’s Day
24. Monday after Quinquagesima – Holiness
25. Tuesday after Quinquagesima – Our Lord is Scourged
26. Ash Wednesday – Death
27. Thursday – Fasting
28. Friday – The Crown of Thorns
29. Saturday – The Grain of Wheat


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


1. Passion Wednesday – On Being Buried Spiritually
2. Passion Thursday – Which is the Greatest Sign of His Love Our Lord Has Given Us?
3. Passion Friday – Our Lady’s Suffering in the Passion
4. Passion Saturday – How We, Each of Us, Should Wash One Another’s Feet
5. Holy Week — Palm Sunday – Christ’s Passion Serves Us as an Example
6. Monday in Holy Week – It is Necessary that We Be Wholly Clean
7. Tuesday in Holy Week – Christ Preparing to Wash the Apostle’s Feet
8. Holy Wednesday – Three Things are Symbolised by the Washing of the Feet
9. Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper
10. Good Friday – The Death of Christ
11. Holy Saturday – Why Our Lord Went Down to Limbo