This year we will celebrate Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on Wednesday, February 14.
Here is a a look at Lent.
- Lent is a time of preparation for Easter; the celebration of the most important event in history: Jesus' resurrection from the dead for our salvation.
- The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14) and ends with Holy Thursday (March 29).
- There are forty days in Lent, if one begins counting from the First Sunday of Lent. The number 40 reminds us of the 40 days of rain during the Great Flood, the 40 years that the Israelites wandered through the desert enroute to the Promised Land, and the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before his public ministry. It always symbolizes a time of preparation before an important event; in this case, that event is Easter.
- The word 'Lent" shares the same root as the word 'lengthen' and means 'springtime'. Indeed, the days are lengthening at this time of year. Lent is the 'springtime' of the Church year, and it is a time for spring cleaning-not of our homes, but of our hearts and lives. It is a time for changing our sinful ways and turning back to god, His love and His saving grace.
- And so it is characterized by the three disciplines of prayer (communication with God), fasting (self-denial, self-control, simple living), and almsgiving (sharing what we have, our time, and our goods with those in need).
Access the Development and Peace Solidarity Calendar for 2018 and learn about this year's theme, bringing people "Together for Peace".
Use the calendar TO LEARN, PRAY AND ACT THROUGHOUT YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY!