Officially, the Season starts with Ash Wednesday. We receive the ashes and begin fasting and making sacrifices, but it is only on the first Sunday of Lent, that we experience the full flavour of this holy Season, for it is only then that the Church is using the Lenten Propers, full of beauty and of useful exhortations.
Flectámus iram vindicem,
Plorémus ante Iudicem,
Clamémus ore supplici,
Dicámus omnes cernui:
Nostris malis offendimus
Tuam, Deus, cleméntiam:
Effúnde nobis désuper,
In prayer together let us fall,
And cry for mercy, one and all,
And weep before the Judge’s feet,
And his avenging wrath entreat.
Thy grace have we offended sore,
By sins, O God, which we deplore;
But pour upon us from on high,
O pardoning One, Thy clemency.
See the Breviary notes page for particulars of the Lenten rubrics
On the Devotions page you will find the text of the 3 hymns of Lent in the Divine Office!
May God grant you a grace-filled Lent!