“[God] gives them the seasons, each season different yet every year the same, … He gives them in His Church a spiritual year; they change from a fast to a feast.” -CS. Lewis
We are currently in the season of Lent. Lent takes place for 40 days (excluding Sundays) from February 26 to April 11th.
So what is Lent?
Is it a Catholic tradition where they smear ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday and don’t eat meat on Friday? Does it “apply” to other Christians?
In the season of Lent, we enter into the forty-day fast that Jesus undertook in the wilderness. Through this dedicated period of self-examination, we allow God to further shape us into the image of Jesus. We also align our hearts with the suffering of Jesus as we move ever closer toward Holy Week and the event of the crucifixion.—Jenn Giles Kemper (Founder of Sacred Ordained Days)
Lent is the Prequel to the Day of the Lord:
During Lent, we prepare our hearts for Holy Week, but remember that before Jesus conquered evil thru his death, he resisted evil during the 40 days he spent in the wilderness :
Lent is a season where we should be experiencing Hope
Why does it exclude Sundays?
In the Christian tradition, Sundays are the new Sabbath:
So How should I celebrate Lent?
- Observe a Lenten fast for forty days, by abstaining of habit or activity (if you are going to do a fast from food- watch this)
- Deepen your relationship with God by committing to a daily habit of prayer and reading the Word.
- Donate time and/or money to your church or a charity
- Honor and celebrate the Sunday (the Sabbath)
In the Lent season may you Pray Boldly, Trust God, and Wait in Hope.