Lent and Easter

Lent is generally a forty day devotional season of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter.

“Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. . . Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.” (Bratcher, 1)

The term lent in Middle Ages English meant spring. (Wiki) It is derived from the Latin quadragesima, meaning the fortieth, as in the fortieth day before Easter. (Mershman)

Lent Reading plan

Here is an article and links to Lent resources from BreakPoint: Thanks for All the Fish: The Not-so-gloomy Season of Lent

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

Works Cited:

Bratcher, Dennis. (1) “The Season of Lent” The Voice, CRI/Voice, Institute. 2007 (http://www.cresourcei.org/cylent.html) (2) “The Days of Holy Week” The Voice, CRI/Voice, Institute. 2007 (http://www.cresourcei.org/cyholyweek.html)

The online Revised Common Lectionary. The online Revised Common Lectionary is a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. (http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu)

Mershman, Francis. “Quadragesima” New Advent – Catholic Encyclopedia. 1911 (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12589a.htm)

Wiki. “Lent” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent)