Lent is…

So, the Church believes that Easter is the Super Bowl of the Christian year.  And just like the Super Bowl, you can’t just show up and expect to be at your best; it takes a lot of preparation and hard work.  In the football world, a team would make it all the way through the regular season and then the playoffs before they would be ready to compete in the big game that captivates the world’s attention.  Lent is the 6-week journey that helps us do the spiritual work necessary to allow the resurrection of Jesus to have its way with us.  In Lent, we focus on some spiritual practices and themes that help us do that work.  This year we are using the Story of Moses to help us get there.   Consider yourself invited to mark this time as holy:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The early Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation. During this season, converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.

It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness and restored to participation in the life of the Church.

In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith. 

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent:

by self-examination and repentance; 

by prayer, fasting, and self-denial;  

and by reading and meditating on God’s 

Holy Word.