Lent is the forty days preceding Easter. The holiday is a very special time for Christians as it is a time when Christians across the globe fast and pray and read the Holy Bible.
Have you ever wondered what Lent is all about?
The Christian lent is an annual observance and religious event to celebrate the forty days Jesus spent in the desert.
Lent is a time of celebration, preparing ourselves for the greatest celebration of them all – the resurrection.
What’s the purpose of all this self-denial?
Lent is supposed to help us deepen our commitment to God and identify with Christ in his suffering, death, and resurrection. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness praying, fasting, and preparing for his public ministry. It was a time of preparation and strengthening himself for the mission ahead. Jesus himself made the ultimate sacrifice, giving up his life so that we could live forever.
What is lent?
Lent is the time in the Christian calendar when we remember Jesus’ journey to the cross. It’s a time of repentance and reflection as we look forward to celebrating new life in Christ.
It is an annual period of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving (giving to the poor) in many Christian denominations like Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran.
Lent is a Christian time of preparation that leads up to Easter. During this period, Christians focus on prayer and giving alms, putting their faith in action. Lent can be a refreshing time for people who want to be reminded of the meaning of the true meaning of Easter, those that want to strengthen their relationship with God, or those that want to prepare for spiritual growth and renewal.
40 days of fasting and 40 days of prayer.
The 40 days of Lent are meant to mirror the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness when he fasted and prayed before beginning his public ministry. The idea is that it will help us become more focused on God and less focused on material things.
The purpose of Christian Lent is the spiritual preparation of Christians for baptism into Christs’ death and resurrection and reconciliation with God.
Lent is meant for us to focus more on the things that God desires of us and use the changes as opportunities to grow closer to God and live free from some of the things that might be controlling us.
Lent features three main themes: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer.
What do Christians do during Lent?
During lent, we choose to give something up, or maybe it would be doing good things or sacrificing our time or money.
It allows us to take time to seek out the Lord and be obedient to His word. It also allows us to grow in our relationship with God and refine our attitudes, actions, and behavior.
When does Lent start?
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on the evening of Holy Thursday. In fact, there are 46 days since there are six Sundays not included, including Easter Sunday.
What Happens During Lent and Why?
Lent is intended as a time of spiritual renewal for all Christians through prayer, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial.
It’s a great time to offer prayer and help to others.
Why give up anything during lent?
The purpose of Lent is to remind us of the love Jesus Christ has for us. He deserves nothing less than our love in return during this season and always. During Lent, we can resolve to give up anything that might distract us from our walk with Christ.
There are countless reasons why people give up something for Lent — it can be anything from a desire to give up a particular vice in order to build discipline and self-control, giving up something we love as an act of repentance, and so much more!
The key event of Lent include Ash Wednesday and the holy week
Ash Wednesday: The Lent season begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days before Easter. It reflects on the forty days Jesus spent in the desert before beginning His public ministry. It is a period during which we are called to purify our souls and prepare ourselves to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.
The ash Wednesday reminds us that we are dust and we will return to dust.
Ecclesiastes 3:20 – All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Holy Week- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.
Maundy Thursday marks the day on which Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a sign of love and humility and shared the last supper with them before his crucifixion. John 13:1-17
Good Friday: It’s a day when Christians celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made for humanity by dying on a cross. We believe he died for us and will one day return from heaven to earth again. We call it good because Jesus fulfilled God’s plan towards our redemption.
Holy Saturday: It is the day after the crucifixion of Jesus-a day before Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb waiting to resurrect.
Easter Sunday: Easter Sunday is the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after he was crucified. Jesus fulfilled God’s promise of eternal life through salvation when he died and conquered death on Easter Sunday by rising from the grave.
Mark 16:6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”
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