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What is Lent?
from Rev. Greg Smith
Each year when we start talking about Lent and Easter,the same question is asked by both church and non-church people:
What is Lent? Is it an official Christian holiday? Is it biblical?
What does it mean to observe Lent, and are Christians %u2018required%u2019 to do so?
So here are some answers to those questions:
Lent is the span of time in the church calendar that starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday commemorates the beginning of Jesus%u2019 40-day fasting and temptation in the desert, and Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus%u2019 resurrection from the grave after his crucifixion.
Lent, then, is generally observed as a time for Christians to reflect, repent, and pray as a way of preparing their hearts for Easter. It is commonly observed by many Christian denominations%u2014Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, and others%u2014although not every Christian church or denomination does so. Because Lent is not officially instituted in Scripture, observing it isn%u2019t in any way a %u2018requirement%u2019 of Christianity. However, Christians from many different theological persuasions choose to observe it as a way of focusing their thoughts on Jesus Christ during the Easter season.