What is Lent?
Lent is the 40 day period in which we prepare for the great
Easter season and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Primarily and historically, this has meant a
return to our discipleship and devotion to Jesus, the Son of the Living God.
It is a season of:
- Repentance – confessing our sins and returning to the God of forgiveness.
- Fasting – the voluntary denial of a normal function for a spiritual purpose.
- Devotion – increased activity in worship, prayer, and service towards others.
How to Keep Lent Season at Home
- This Devotion – This devotion is designed
for you (and your family) to read through most of the Gospel of Mark, spending
time each day reading God’s Word and offering prayers for yourself and others. You may also scroll down and you will find the week's Collect and readings; and instructions for prayer time. The readings are linked to the NIV translation.
- Learning – A return to the knowledge and ways of God. For a question and answer format, look into the Book of Common Prayer, pages 845-862.
- Prayers – If you don’t have a regular
prayer-time in your daily routine, now is a great time to start! Your prayers don’t have to be complex, and
neither do they have to be long or limited to the dinner table, but your
prayers should include a prayer for the return of our Lord into your life. You may pray when you wake up, at bedtime, or
anytime during the day.
- Acts of Service – The commands of God is
to love God and love others. Lent is a
great time to serve another person or persons.
Volunteer at food shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Union Gospel Mission,
write cards or letters, etc. Don’t be
afraid to ask others for ideas.