What is Lent?

Lenten Series:
    1. What is Lent?
    2. Should Christians Celebrate Lent?
    3. Should I Give Something Up for Lent?
    4. What is Ash Wednesday?
    5. What is Maundy Thursday?
    6. What is Good Friday?
    7. What is Easter?

The Lenten Season comprises forty days before Easter during which participating Christians prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The forty days are symbolic of Christ’s forty days in the wilderness in preparation for ministry. This is traditionally a time of repentance, thoughtful reflection, and often fasting. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.

If you look at the calendar, you will notice that there are actually forty-six days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The six Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter are not included as Lenten days. This is because Sunday is the Lord’s Day, the day on which Christ rose from the dead. All Sundays are meant to be a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. By excluding the Sundays from Lent, Christians emphasize this often forgotten reason why we actually worship on Sundays. Every week we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection.

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