Lent originated in the early centuries of church history as a time of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Holy Saturday, the Saturday before Easter. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, which includes both Maundy Thursday (commemorating the institution of the Lord's Supper) and Good Friday (commemorating the crucifixion of our Lord).
Reminiscent of Israel's forty years in the wilderness and Jesus' forty days of fasting in the wilderness, the Lenten season, not counting Sundays, lasts forty days. Sundays are not included because the Lord's Day, according to church tradition, is never a fast day but always a feast day, a celebration of the resurrection.
Each year we decorate, plan events, services, and create resources designed to help us purposefully enter into this Lenten season with the hope that all of it will take you to a deeper understanding, appreciation, and experience of the story of God.
FREE LENTEN RESOURCES
OTHER LENTEN RESOURCE RECOMMENDATIONS... [Books & Music...]
* Bread & Wine Readings For Lent & Easter By Orbis Books
* Show Me The Way By Henri Nouwen
* Eastertide: Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine Hours By Phyllis Tickle
* Lent [cd] by The Brilliance