Lent is a 40-day season of prayer, reflection, and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is meant to represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) before beginning His ministry which culminated in His death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter).
Lent is observed in different ways — prayer, personal worship, repentance, or fasting from something as a reminder of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Download our 2020 Lent Guide to participate with us.
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The forty days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday (February 26) and continue until Easter Sunday (April 12th).
Beginning of Lent
Easter Sunday / Lent Ends
The practice of observing the forty-day period leading up to Easter began in the Christian church during the third and fourth centuries.
Originally a preparation period for those desiring to be baptized, Lent lasts 46 days, including Sundays, between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. The 40 days (excluding Sundays) have obvious biblical parallels in the flood narrative (Gen. 6-8), the giving of the Law to Moses on Sinai (Exod. 24:12-18) and Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:1-12). But the most relevant parallel is the account of Jesus’ fasting and temptation in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11; Mark 1:9-12; Luke 4:1-13).
The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls.
Lent is most often associated with the Catholic Church but is practiced by Christians across denominations. We believe that when properly understood and framed with the lens of the Gospel,
many of the traditions of our faith can have rich impact and personal meaning.
To be clear: we do not believe Lent is a requirement for the Christian life but is helpful for centering our focus on Jesus and enhancing the significance of Good Friday and Easter.