The Christian Season of Lent
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter.
The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
Not all Christian churches observe Lent.
Lent is mostly observed by the Lutheran,Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglicandenominations, and also by Roman Catholics.Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Easter.
Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday and Ash Wednesday is not observed.
The Bible does not mention the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21.
By Mary Fairchild.