Lent Lent, from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring", is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday (1st March this year) and ends on Holy Saturday (15th April). The forty day period, established in the 4th century, represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and preparing to begin his ministry, and being tempted by Satan (see Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke).
Lent is a time of self-examination and reflection in preparation for the coming of Easter. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism, and for those under Church discipline to prepare to be received again into full communion. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to fast or give up something; to volunteer and give of themselves for others; or to spend more time in meditating on God´s word.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
Lenten meditation based on the Beatitiudes (Matthew 5:1-12) will begin Wednesday 8th March at: 7.00-8.30 pm in the Rectory. Please feel free to join us.