What is Lent?

Lenten crossLent is a season of preparation, leading up to Easter. It is the forty days plus the six Sundays before Easter. For centuries, it has been observed as a special time of self-examination and penitence. Lent is a time for concentration on fundamental values and priorities, and is not a time for self-punishment.

Lent developed as a way to receive people back into church. If you are questioning your own faith and wondering what you believe, this is the perfect time to reflect on those questions.

Throughout Lent, the worship services of the church take on a simpler tone, appropriate to this season. For example, the word “Alleluia” is not used in the words of the liturgy or hymns. These practices help the worshipping community to mark the season of renewal as a special time in the church year.

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