Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent in the Christian faith

Christians may give up foods or habits during Lent as a form of fasting; some may find other ways to observe the season

Lent is the season of the Christian church year from Ash Wednesday to Easter.

To observe Lent some people commit to fasting from certain foods or drink, or giving up certain pleasurable activities or habits during the 40 days before Easter.

Some people choose to do something-a service to others, a meditative or spiritual activity, a repetitive action to remind them of the season.

In this article, Scott Hubbard explains how Protestants first rejected, but now embrace Lent and offers resources on observing Lent in a new way.

HOW TO PREPARE AHEAD FOR EASTER

Consider the days ahead as an opportunity — as one more path you might walk to focus your scattered attention, warm your heart’s affections, and meet the risen Jesus afresh.

Scott Hubbard
to the cross that the christian is challenged to follow his master. quote Hans Urs Von Balthasar
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Hans Urs von Balthasar, (1905-1988), Swiss Roman Catholic theologian

Resources to help you observe lent

Lent & Easter 2020 Resources at Cokesbury. Everything you need to prepare for Lent & Easter. Studies, altarware, paraments, and more. Valid through 3/31. Shop Now! Lent

40 days of decrease

Last year I used this devotional from Alicia Britt Chole ; you may enjoy it too. Here is an affiliate link to the paperback or Kindle versions.

a different kind of hunger; a different kind of fast

sharing the HEART of health

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Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Christian Lent

Ash Wednesday- an Old Testament tradition for Christians today

Daniel’s prayer for his nation as they faced the future desolation

“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.    

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 I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying,

“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,

 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.

Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy”

Daniel 9:3-5, 17 ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publisher

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exploring and sharing the HEART of health.   

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