Lent is the season of the Christian church year from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
Observed by Catholic and Protestant Christians, Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for Easter, the most important religious holiday for believers.
Traditionally, one observed Lent by avoiding certain types of food (particularly meat, eggs, and milk products). In some traditions, partial fasts were observed where participants would eat only one meal on certain days. Many who observe Lent today are not as strict. Often they choose to abstain from a particular food or particular behavior such as television or social media during Lent. The idea is to abstain from usual activities and use the time and energy to focus on our relationship to God.
The 40 days of Lent are also a time of grief. This tradition begins with the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. Ashes are put on believers’ foreheads on Ash Wednesday as a sign of repentance. The practice of putting ashes on one’s head is an ancient sign of mourning that was often done at funerals or similarly sorrowful occasions. In this case, the ashes represent sorrow over our sins and the pain and death caused by sin.
Whether you formally observe Lent or not, it can be a time of self reflection, self examination, and re-commitment to a life that uses our gifts to their fullest and seeks its highest reward in service to others.
Mark 10:45 New Living Translation (NLT)
“For even the Son of Man (Jesus ) came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
I hope you enjoy the Lenten theme posts which you can access directing from the links on this page. I would love to know how you observe Lent so send me a message.
always sharing words of faith, hope, love. Dr.Aletha
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