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Pray with St. Jude during Lent

Thank you for joining us in prayer during Lent. Please send your special intentions to the National Shrine of St. Jude to be remembered in our Masses and prayers during this holy season.

Lent is a season of hope and renewal. In addition to our devotion to St. Jude, we can ask for guidance to keep our faith focused and strong. Each day of Lent is meaningful because we have the opportunity to turn our attention again and again to core aspects of our faith: love, charity, and prayer.

As you read and consider these Lenten Meditations, know that our shared prayer and devotion to the patron of hope can enrich your Lenten journey. May the grace of God be with you during this season of renewal, in anticipation of the joy of Easter.

2017 Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday - Send your Lenten petition.

March 2nd - second day of Lent

We take a moment this second day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

St. Jude was a faithful Apostle and follower of Christ. He is always with us to help us follow Jesus faithfully during Lent. St. Jude, pray for us.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 3rd - third day of Lent

We take a moment this third day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Sacrifice is a key part of Lent, as we deny ourselves and help others. How are you remembering this Lenten tradition?

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 4th - fourth day of Lent

We take a moment this fourth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Lent prepares us to renew our baptism. What do you hope to strengthen in your spiritual life this Lent?

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

2017 First Sunday of Lent

March 5th - Send your Lenten petition.

March 6th - sixth day of Lent

We take a moment this sixth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

The Claretian Missionaries provide for the needs of youth and families as part of their ministries. Pray that the young people in need in your community will receive the hope and support of St. Jude.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 7th - seventh day of Lent

We take a moment this seventh day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Every year many new people come into our Church and accept the faith. We pray for all those who will be baptized at Easter.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.


Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 8th - eighth day of Lent

We take a moment this eighth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Sickness touches each of us throughout life. Today we pray for those who suffer from illness or disease, entrusting them to St. Jude’s healing care.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 9th - ninth day of Lent

We take a moment this ninth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Ask God to watch over those who place their lives in danger to protect others, especially firefighters, police, and members of the armed forces. May their sacrifices be honored.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 10th - tenth day of Lent

We take a moment this tenth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Our faith is strengthened by community. Reach out to members of your community this Lent, and work on growing together in faith.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 11th - eleventh day of Lent

We take a moment this eleventh day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Temptations distract us on our path to God. We ask God to enlighten our minds so we can avoid those things that slow our growth in faith.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

2017 Second Sunday of Lent

March 1st - Send your Lenten petition.

March 13th - thirteenth

We take a moment this thirteenth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Give us the strength to answer God’s call for our continual reflection on His Word and the guidance it holds for us. St. Jude, pray for us.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 14th - fourteenth

We take a moment this fourteenth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Like St. Jude, there are those who travel to spread the Good News. Share a message of hope with someone in your community today.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 15th - fifteenth

We take a moment this fifteenth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Lent prepares us to renew our baptism. What do you hope to strengthen in your spiritual life this Lent?

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 16th - sixteenth day of Lent

We take a moment this sixteenth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Those who care for the sick share the mercy and love of God each day. Ask St. Jude to give wisdom, strength, and insight to doctors, nurses, hospital workers, and all caregivers.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 17th - seventeenth day of Lent

We take a moment this seventeenth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

God created all things. He is the maker of heaven and earth. Thank God for the blessings of creation today.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 18th - eighteenth day of Lent

We take a moment this eighteenth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

We make important decisions in life with careful thought and reflection. Pray that God’s wisdom may be with you in these times and lead you and those you love to goodness.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

2017 Third Sunday of Lent

March 18th - Send your Lenten petition.

March 20th - twentieth day of Lent

We take a moment this twentieth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

The Claretians care for the sick in their work. Pray for the sick today, and offer your support to someone in need of healing.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 21st - twenty-first day of Lent

We take a moment this twenty-first day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Hope relieves us of some of our heaviest burdens in life. Ask St. Jude to guide and enlighten those in need of hope.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 22nd - twenty-second day of Lent

We take a moment this twenty-second day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Pray for those who suffer from addiction and for their families today. Ask St. Jude to show them a path to healing and support, even when the struggle seems impossible.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 23rd - twenty-third day of Lent

We take a moment this twenty-third day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

God’s love can be revealed in the most unexpected ways. Reflect on where you have experienced God’s love unexpectedly this Lent.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 24th - twenty-fourth day of Lent

We take a moment this twenty-fourth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Sacrifice sometimes means that we give up our personal desires. But through our Lenten sacrifices, we commit to an extra effort to be mindful of just how central our love of God is to our life.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 25th - twenty-fifth day of Lent

We take a moment this twenty-fifth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

We remember again today that God created all things. He is the maker of heaven and earth. Thank God for the blessings of creation today.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

2017 Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 25th - Send your Lenten petition.

March 27th - twenty-seventh day of Lent

We take a moment this twenty-seventh day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

The Claretians feed the hungry through their missions. As you eat today, say a prayer for those who suffer from hunger.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 28th - twenty-eighth day of Lent

We take a moment this St. Patrick’s Day to reflect with contrition and resolve.

We remember those who have died and who long to see Christ face-to-face. May they share in the joy of the Resurrection.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 29th - twenty-ninth day of Lent

We take a moment this twenty-ninth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Spring is a time of hope as the earth is renewed. Let St. Jude renew the hope in your life as you make the prayer to St. Jude today.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 30th - thirtieth day of Lent

We take a moment this thirtieth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

The members of the St. Jude League form an inspired community of faith as we send our prayers to the Patron Saint of Hope. Pray for all our members today.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

March 31st - thirty-first day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-first day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He died for us on the cross. Today, we pray in thanksgiving for this sacrifice and all the blessings we’ve received through Him.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

April 1st - thirty-second day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-second day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Charity is a virtue that is easy to practice. A simple smile or small gesture to someone else is all it takes.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

2017 Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 1st - Send your Lenten petition.

April 3rd - thirty-fourth day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-fourth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

The Claretians promote devotion to St. Jude through the St. Jude League. Share a word of hope about St. Jude with someone today.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

April 4th - thirty-fifth day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-fifth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Pray that this Lent we have found a renewed conversation with God and a renewed peace within ourselves—the peace that comes from knowing He is always with us.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

April 5th - thirty-sixth day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-sixth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Cancer touches the lives of so many, both directly and through family or friends. Today we are praying in a special way for all those who suffer from cancer. Pray with us as we seek healing through St. Jude.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

April 6th - thirty-seventh day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-seventh day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

What are some things you’ve taken for granted in the past? Thank God for all these blessings today.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

April 7th - thirty-eighth day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-eighth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

Ask St. Jude to open our hearts to Lent’s riches for our souls. And through his intercession, ask him to also place your prayers of gratitude before God.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

April 8th - thirty-ninth day of Lent

We take a moment this thirty-ninth day of Lent to reflect with contrition and resolve.

The Holy Spirit dwells in all of us. Pray that the Holy Spirit enters into our hearts to help us see and accept our opportunities for growth.

St. Jude Prayer for Lent
St. Jude, walk with me this Lent. Open my heart to the wisdom of God in His Word, and give me the strength to share that wisdom with others. Through this time of reflection, may I arrive at Easter energized to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and more ready than ever to receive God’s love. Amen.

Send your special intentions for Lent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

2016 Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday - Send your Lenten petition.