Lenten Prayers

Photo by Julian Spath/CRS

As I fall to my knees, in prayer, in fasting
In sacrifice and penitence
Somehow, you have it in yourself to reach out and gently lift me
To renew me
To claim me as nothing of this world can claim me.

We have three callings for Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The flagship program for Catholic Relief Services, CRS Rice Bowl, supports all of these, but it all begins with prayer. We invite you and your faith communities to use these prayers and prayer resources during this Lenten season:

If I Must Refrain

A prayer for abstaining during Lent

En Español


Meet Me in the Desert

A Lenten prayer that we will meet Jesus “in the desert” and be renewed



Prayer of the Wilderness
Prayer of the Wilderness

A Lenten prayer, asking that what we give up turn our hearts to what we truly desire



Our True Homeland Is Heaven

A Lenten prayer of solidarity with refugees everywhere

En Español


Prayer of Lenten Solidarity

A prayer asking the Lord bring us into a deeper Lenten solidarity with our global family.

En Español


Remain Here and Keep Watch with Me

A prayer for the strength to stay close in solidarity to Christ in his suffering, present still in the suffering of his people.



Lenten Prayer Cards

Printable prayer cards that can be used as a reflection at home or in a classroom

En Español