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What is Lent?

When is Ash Wednesday? It is an important Christian holiday that Catholics celebrate. It marks the beginning of Lent, which is ALWAYS 46 days leading up to Easter (40 Fasting Days + 6 Sundays = 46 days of Lent).

When is Lent? Lent is 40 days, not counting Sundays leading all the way to Easter when Jesus was resurrected.

What is Lent? It represents the 40 days that Jesus fasted in the wilderness and Satan tempted him.

Is Ash Wednesday only celebrated by Catholics? Anyone can acknowledge Ash Wednesday and go to a church service and receive ashes on their forehead in the shape of a cross.

What are the ashes made from? The ashes are made from burnt palm leaves that have been blessed.

What do the ashes symbolize? The ashes represent the death, repentance, grief, and mourning of your sins that Jesus died for on the cross. By placing the ashes on a person’s forehead in the shape of a cross it symbolizes that he or she belongs to Christ.

What can I give up for Lent? Give up something you really like. If you are giving up a type of food, make it one you like a lot and struggle with like chocolate, ice cream, coffee, or even your favorite happy hour beverage. You don’t just have to give up food there are other things you can give up to like a bad habit!

Is Lent required to be a good Christian? Lent is not required to be considered a good Christian. We are not obligated to celebrate Ash Wednesday. With that being said, we need to remember what Jesus did for us. As Christians, we should always be ready to repent and fast in remembrance of our Lord and Savior. God purposely and willingly gave up His Son because He loves us. Jesus died so we can live for eternity in heaven. Christians can enter into the Lent season solemnly, looking forward to the joy of the message of Easter and Christ’s ultimate victory over sin and death.

Is Lent observed in the Bible? Lent is not mentioned in the Bible. However, the Bible does mention throughout the Scriptures of people sprinkling ashes on themselves to represent sin and sorrow. By reading the Bible the idea of Lent is exhibited through the scriptures. You should reflect and meditate on His word daily.

Matthew 6:16-18 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Mark 1:13 And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.

Always celebrate what Jesus did for you in your heart. Ask daily and humbly for forgiveness and continually give thanks to our Lord Jesus. This simple act of thoughtfulness will always please our Father in heaven. In return, He will smile down and shower you with His blessings and warm you with his love.

Happy Lent!


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