Today is March the first, Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent 2017. On April 16th we will celebrate Resurrection Day and the glorious celebration, declaring…
He IS Risen!
He is risen INDEED!
I want to share a few Lent facts with you today:
- Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days, if the six Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter and can fall as early as February 4th or as late as March 10th.
- The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, alms-giving, atonement, and self-denial. This event is observed by Christians in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic Churches.
- Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
- Lent is a season of 40 days, NOT counting Sunday’s, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Sunday’s in Lent are not counted in the 40 days because each Sunday represents a mini-Easter and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
We have just returned from an eleven-day trip to Florida. We have visited family and friends and had an awesome time. Today, we are back to work and being “reg’ler!” I like reg’ler.
I have lots of things to process and pictures to post and experiences to share but first I must unpack and think about what’s for supper! See you very soon.
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