Simply put, Lent is about forgoing pleasure to make room for joy, namely the joy we find only in Jesus Christ.
This year the season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 18th, and culminates on April 5th, Easter Sunday, thus lasting seven and a half weeks; amounting to approximately 40 days with the exclusion of Sundays. Originally a time of preparation in the early Church for those desiring to be baptized, Lent eventually became embedded in the Christian tradition as a season for the entire Church to symbolically ‘follow Christ into the wilderness.'
In our day when it is far too easy to let the commercialization of Easter obscure our view of the ministry and crucifixion of Christ, Lent serves as a season to prepare ourselves for the joy of Resurrection Sunday as we dwell more deeply on the sorrow and pain which preceded it, emptying ourselves of lesser things so that we might be filled with the greater things of the gospel, and reminding us that the resurrection only occurred after the crucifixion.
To that end, we have produced a Lent guide, with weekly readings, prayers, and reflections to help you walk more closely with Jesus through this season.
You can download the guide HERE.