When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (Mt 2: 13-15)

Egypt 40 is a Lenten program designed for married couples to grow closer together as they deepen their relationship with Jesus through the Holy Family.

Take the flight into Egypt as a married couple; walk with the Holy Family, and become a holier family.

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Discipline

Look to St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. He is a model of chastity, obedience, and patience. The foundation of all of those virtues is discipline. Strengthen your discipline through fasting and self-denial. Working to remove vices and pleasures in your life is a struggle, but it is a good struggle. Struggling against evil is what we are called to do as Christians. Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

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Marriage

Look to Mary, our Mother, and Mother of our God. Not only is she a model of virtue as the handmaid of the Lord by her humility, simplicity, and love for God but, together with Joseph, she is a model of marriage. The Lord chose to send his Son into a family and later he revealed himself at a marriage celebration. Together Mary and Joseph model for married couples an extraordinary love for the Lord and an inspiring love for each other. Most loving of spouses, pray for us.

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Community

Look to Christ, our Savior. Even the Lord did not build his church in one day. He started gradually, and brought people to him by loving and speaking truth. We can help build Christ’s Church on earth by giving of our time, talents, and treasure. God has entrusted us all with “talents.” It’s important we use them to glorify him. We can do that by building community, the Body of Christ, bringing all of God’s children, to him. Sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

The Wise Men received the inspiration to understand the signs in the skies. They left all things behind, detaching from their ordinary comforts, and sought the Promise of the Star, the baby King of kings and the Prince of Peace.

Herod, on the contrary, was frightened by the message of the star. He felt that his world was threatened and he pushed the Lord further from his heart.

In the 40 days of Lent, as we take on the ascetical practices of prayer, fasting, and giving, according to our faith traditions, we can draw strength from other like-minded couples. After signing up below, our team can help connect you with other couples who are also walking the Egypt40 journey. You can indicate in the registration if you have others who have already decided to join you on the 40 day walk, or if you would like to just walk it with your spouse.