Holy Season of Lent
What's Lent all about?
Early Christians observed “a season of penitence and fasting” in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days.
Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of 40 days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The 40-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly.
In the western church the 40 days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
Today, Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word” (BCP, p. 265).
The Episcopal Church has bulletin inserts for our journey through Lent. Copies of each week will be available next to our Sunday Bulletins. Links to those resources and Microsoft Word downloads are also below.
"The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. — Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent produced by Hillary Raining and Jenifer Gamber.
Life Transformed Introduction, Feb. 19, 2023
Last Epiphany download
Life Transformed Week 1 Feb. 26, 2023
Week 1 download
Life Transformed Week 2 March 5, 2023
Week 2 download
Life Transformed Week 3 March 12, 2023
Week 3 download
Life Transformed Week 4 March 19, 2023
Week 4 download
Life Transformed Week 5 March 26, 2023
Week 5 download