Lent, in the Christian church, is a period of penitential preparation for Easter.
In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides a 40-day period for fasting and abstinence (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry.
In Eastern churches Lent begins on the Monday of the seventh week before Easter and ends on the Friday that is nine days before Easter. This 40-day “Great Lent” includes Saturdays and Sundays as relaxed fast days.
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.Daniel chapter 9, verse 3, NLT
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I invite you to use the links below to help you observe Lent in whatever manner you choose. Perhaps read one weekly, share on your social media feeds, and invite discussion. Maybe one might speak to a friend that you share with by email. Or choose the print option and mail it to a friend who doesn’t do social media. I hope they will be a blessing to you however you choose to use them.
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I invite you Follow the links below for devotional posts created for Lent
words for Lent – Good news
And before anyone can go and tell them, they must be sent. As the Scriptures say, “How wonderful it is to see someone coming to tell good news!”Messiah selections from the New TestamentKeep reading
a word for Lent – Glory
Even though Messiah tells the story of Jesus, whose birth, life, and death are recorded in the Bible’s New Testament, many of the lyrics come from the Old Testament, like this passage today from Psalms.Keep reading
a word for Lent – Alleluia
Often referred to as the Hallelujah Chorus, this passage is the most recognized part of Handel’s Messiah. If you have ever attended a live performance of Messiah, you probably stood during the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus.Keep reading
Sorrow-a word for Lent
Charles Jennens gave George Handel the lyrics to Messiah, verses primarily from Isaiah, Psalms, Paul’s letters to the early church, and Revelation.Keep reading
4 thoughts on “What is Ash Wednesday?”
Thank you for sharing your Lent post at SSPS #250. This year I have to pass on fasting due to my recent surgery but will for sure be back at it next year. Shared your post on SM
I agree Esme, I don’t think fasting is meant to jeopardize our health, that wouldn’t be helpful. It should make us feel better, less stressed, more at peace. So I am “fasting” the news! It’s almost impossible to avoid it entirely, but I am watching and reading much less, and I like it; I may make it permanent.
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I hope you’re able to observe a holy Lent with a deepening awareness of God’s presence in your life. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 54.
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Thanks Carol, I’m trying. It’s easy to let the world’s noise drown out God’s still small voice.