What is Lent? Lent is a forty day solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Lent is traditionally described as commemorating the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptations of power, privilege and abundance by Satan.
The purpose of Lent is to prepare us for the most Solemn of Christian Feasts, Easter, through prayer, fasting, actively seeking repentance (changing direction) for our sins (bad actions), almsgiving, and performance of acts of charity.
During Lent, many commit themselves to some form of fasting, a "giving up" of certain things in order to "replicate the sacrifice of Jesus' own fasting and resisting temptation in the desert or wilderness for 40 days." I might suggest at this point that some forms of fasting might be to reduce our "social media" addictions (Facebook, Instagram, Messaging) to focus more of our time on the other, and our own inner well-being.
Many Christians also add some form of Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional (Forward Day by Day is an example), or being more faithful to praying through the Lenten calendar, (like joining in on Tuesday and Thursday for Morning Prayer in our Chapel at 10 AM). This is generally a seeking of drawing closer to the Lord.
We are also encouraged to do or add something positive in our daily living out of the Gospel. This is to encourage and deepen our living out Christ’s teachings. Examples would be volunteering to make sandwiches for the poor, help out at various charitable organizations, give a helping hand, increase giving to organizations that take care of the poor (alms-giving).
So I invite you all to make this journey through the wilderness of life, making a bold statement for the faith we share, by praying, fasting, giving alms, and doing acts of charity.
Join us for the various services we will offer during Lent.