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The Paschal Mystery
Reflections for Lent and Easter
Edited by: Matthew Becklo


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Editor: Matthew Becklo
ISBN: 9781685780319
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Publisher: Word on Fire
Dimensions: 5 x 7
Language: English
Release Date: 2023-01-16

“Our paschal lamb,  

Christ, has been sacrificed.”

— 1 C O R I N T H I A N S 5 : 7 

About the Book

“Our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.” These words of St. Paul in his Letter to the Corinthians express the highest mystery of the Catholic faith, which Christians around the world contemplate and celebrate every year during the Lent and Easter seasons: the suffering, dying, and rising of Jesus.

In this new booklet from Word on Fire, readers are offered a week-by-week guide through these sacred seasons with a series of reflections on Lenten themes like death, temptation, repentance, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; the events of the Paschal Mystery of Christ recalled during Holy Week; and the joy of the Gospel reflected in the Easter season.

Featuring key passages from Scripture, extended readings from Bishop Robert Barron, and hymns, poetry, prayers, and additional reflections from across two thousand years of Catholic tradition, The Paschal Mystery is a perfect companion guide for parishes, families, and individuals longing for a deeper encounter with Christ during Lent and Easter.

What You'll Find Inside

  • Key passages for Lent and Easter from Sacred Scripture.

  • Extended readings from Bishop Robert Barron.

  • Brief theological and spiritual reflections from many of the heroes of Word on Fire, including St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, Fulton Sheen, St. Irenaeus, Edith Stein, St. Thomas Aquinas, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Flannery O'Connor, and more.

  • Additional prayers from St. Francis of Assisi, Dorothy Day, Thomas à Kempis, the Didache, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Alphonsus de Liguori, St. Gregory of Narek, and more.

  • A new version of the Word on Fire “Stations of the Cross,” including directions for formal group prayer and accompanying words from the Stabat Mater in both English and Latin.

  • Classic hymns like Dies Irae, O Filii et Filiae, and Regina Caeli in both Latin and English.

  • Poems from Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Merton, St. John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, St. Teresa of Avila, Dante, Paul Claudel, Pope St. John Paul II, and St. John of the Cross.

  • Fifteen prayers from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the patroness of Word on Fire.

Read the Introduction

by Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith. On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis announced his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and on June 2, 2022, he appointed Bishop Barron the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Minnesota). Ordained in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bishop Barron received a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

About the Editor

Matthew Becklo

Matthew Becklo is a writer, editor, and the Publishing Director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. His writing is featured at Word on Fire, Strange Notions, and Aleteia, and has also appeared in Inside the Vatican magazine and the Evangelization & Culture journal, and online at First Things, RealClear Religion, and The Catholic Herald. He has also contributed essays for Wisdom and Wonder: How Peter Kreeft Shaped the Next Generation of Catholics and The New Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Post-Christian Era, and edited multiple books, including The Holy Hour: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration. He lives in New York with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.

Table of Contents

 Introduction ix

 Ash Wednesday: The Shadow of Death 1

 The First Week of Lent: Into the Desert 23

 The Second Week of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving 41

 The Third Week of Lent: Temptation 61

 The Fourth Week of Lent: Repent and Believe 81

 The Fifth Week of Lent: The Suffering Servant 97

 Palm Sunday: The Entry into Jerusalem 117

 Monday of Holy Week: The Cleansing of the Temple 135

 Tuesday of Holy Week: The Hour Has Come 153

 Wednesday of Holy Week: The Betrayal 171

 Holy Thursday: The Last Supper 189

 Good Friday: The Passion and Cross 205

 Holy Saturday: The Descent into Hell 233

 Easter Sunday: The Resurrection 251

 The Easter Season: The Joy of the Gospel 273

Conclusion 293

The Stations of the Cross 295

Notes 327