I was doing some digging around for a church newsletter I design and came across an article on why we celebrate Lent. We are familiar with the concept of giving up something for Lent, but did you ever stop to think about why we actually celebrate this season in the Church? While the last week of Lent – Holy Week – is representative of Jesus’ last week leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection, the beginning is representative of his 40 days in the desert when he overcame temptation.
This year, Lent begins on February 10 and I would like to encourage you to take part in this celebration in your own way as a way of honoring Jesus and all He went through so we could be saved and have eternal life.
Below is the article I found at BibleGateway.com which will give a little history about Lent and hopefully answer any question you may have regarding the season of Lent.
Hugs & Blessings,
What is Lent? | Author Andy Rau
What is Lent? Is it an official Christian holiday? Was it instituted in the Bible? What does it mean to observe Lent, and are Christians “required” to do so? For the interested, we’ll try to answer those questions here.
Lent is the span of time in the church calendar that starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday commemorates the beginning of Jesus’ 40-day fasting and temptation in the desert, and Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection from the grave after his crucifixion.
Lent, then, is generally observed as a time for Christians to reflect, repent, and pray as a way of preparing their hearts for Easter. It is commonly observed by many Christian denominations—Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and others—although not every Christian church or denomination does so. Because Lent is not officially instituted in Scripture, observing it isn’t in any way a “requirement” of Christianity. However, Christians from many different theological persuasions choose to observe it as a way of focusing their thoughts on Jesus Christ during the Easter season.