Preparation for Easter: A Primer on Lent
What is Lent?
I’m glad you asked. Lent is a season in the Christian liturgical calendar that remembers the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting. You can read more about Jesus being tested in the desert in the Gospels: Matthew 4, Mark 1, Luke 4.
In present day, Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) that start Ash Wednesday through to the Saturday before Easter.
During Lent, participants will often fast, giving up specific foods (or alcohol) or activities that they would usually enjoy. You may be familiar with “Fat Tuesday” which is the feast or celebration (a time to indulge) right before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday.
Why is Lent celebrated or practiced?
Lent is a time of preparation and reflection leading up to Easter. Lent is practiced in an effort for Christians to get their hearts right and follow Christ’s example.
Who should participate?
While it is not limited to Catholics and Christians, usually those who believe in Jesus and follow Him participate in Lent.
How do you participate?
While there is no official sign up sheet, many churches make arrangements in the weeks leading up to Lent to help people prepare their hearts and minds for the Lent season.
During Lent, people may choose to study specific parts of the Bible, read books or devotionals that help them to reflect on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
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Looking for appropriate devotional materials leading up to Easter? Please read Hope Reflected’s Easter Reflections!