The word Lent is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for springtime, which literally translates in modern English to “the lengthening of the days.” In the early church, the Lenten period was used as a time for preparing new converts for Baptism on Easter Sunday. Today it is a time for preparation, reflection, growth, and change. The liturgical color for Lent is purple, a solemn color, a color for royalty and repentance. The liturgical color for Easter Sunday and the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost is white, signifying purity.
Important Events during Lent
- Ash Wednesday: official beginning of the Lenten season. It is a day of prayer and public confession of sins.
- Palm Sunday: a day of change from the joyful celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the solemn knowledge of what lies ahead for him in the coming week.
- Maundy Thursday: focuses on the Lord’s Supper and the new commandment to love one another.
- Good Friday: on this day we remember Christ’s suffering and death on the cross.
- Easter Sunday: celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
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