CCCB Resources in preparation for Lent

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(CCCB – Ottawa) The season of Lent began 1 March 2006 with Ash Wednesday. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is pleased to offer individuals, families and parish communities a diverse collection of printed and web resources to help enhance and celebrate the season of Lent and Easter. 

A popular family resource, Blessing and Prayers for Home and Family, is available through the Publications Service of the CCCB. It includes a special section on Lent and Easter, along with a thoughtful explanation of the Way of the Cross.

Another publication, Penance Celebrations, offers a variety of celebration outlines, prayer suggestions, and guidelines for a community examination of conscience.

A Lent Sourcebook and the Triduum Sourcebook Set contain over 1,000 entries. A Lent Sourcebook includes readings on conversion, repentance, renewal, rebirth, mystery and eternity. The Triduum Sourcebook provides Scripture readings and prayers for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday along with a treasury of hymns, poetry, homilies and reflections gathered from contemporary and ancient sources. 


CCCB Publications also offers a good selection of smaller booklets, affordably priced for wider distribution, notably What Am I Doing for Lent This Year, Introduction to Lent and Eastertime and What Am I Doing for Triduum This Year. 


Resources for children include Bible Stories for the Forty Days, a wonderfully told collection of Bible stories for each day of Lent. Inspired by the much loved Advent calendar, Forty Days and Forty Nights-A Lenten Ark Moving toward Easter, is a colourful cardboard Noah’s ark with windows and doors to open for each day of Lent and the Easter Triduum. Windows reveal who is on board and citations from Scripture that relate to the passengers. An accompanying booklet connects the animals on the ark to Lenten values and provides guidance for daily prayers.

For more information about these publications and other titles from CCCB Publications and Liturgy Training Publications, visit 

Web Resources


The CCCB also offers a multitude of resources which are accessible through its website including:

Share Lent

Development and Peace launched its annual Share Lent education and fundraising campaign 1 March 2006 to make people more aware of the causes of poverty and injustice and to raise funds to support the organization’s work with the poor and marginalized in communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Bishops of Canada founded Development and Peace in 1967.            

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Sylvain Salvas
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Last Updated on Thursday, October 05 2006  
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